The shift from social portrait to domestic soap opera practically negates the democratic message of the first section, but Yang's stylish filmmaking is impressive throughout.
While attempting to chart the evolving parameters of a romantic triangle over two decades of Taiwan's tumultuous societal upheavals, Yang fails to adequately explore either the personal or the political aspects of his drama.
In wanting to make a film that is both about sweeping societal change and small-scale personal relationships, Yang has missed on both counts.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
"Girlfriend Boyfriend" starts as a comedy, but quickly turns into a soap opera with too many subplots.
| Original Score: 2/4
Though Mr. Yang paints a colorful portrait of a country grappling with new freedoms, his real triumph is a moving and complex love triangle that will configure and reconfigure into adulthood.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Most vivid in its early years, as we see the students bursting with energy and promise.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
A celebration of (and cautionary tale about) personal and political freedom.