Vive L'Amour

1994, Drama, 1h 58m

14 Reviews 1,000+ Ratings

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The sophomore feature from Tsai Ming-liang (REBELS OF THE NEON GOD; GOODBYE, DRAGON INN) finds the acclaimed master of Taiwan's Second New Wave demonstrating a confident new cinematic voice. VIVE L'AMOUR follows three characters unknowingly sharing a supposedly empty Taipei apartment. The beautiful realtor May Lin (Yang Kuei-mei) brings her lover Ah-jung (Chen Chao-jung) to a vacant unit she has on the market, unaware that it is secretly being occupied by the suicidal funeral salesman Hsiao-kang (Lee Kang-sheng). The three cross paths in a series of precisely staged, tragicomic erotic encounters, but despite their physical proximity, they find themselves no closer to a personal connection. Featuring an intoxicating mix of Antonioni-esque longing and surprising deadpan humor, VIVE L'AMOUR catapulted Tsai to the top of the international filmmaking world and earned him the prestigious Golden Lion at the 1994 Venice International Film Festival.

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  • Feb 24, 2016
    Tsai is an amazingly talented director and brings those themes that he explored in his first film to a higher level with a nearly silent tale of young Taipei adults who long for any spark of love or connection as they endure the relentless grip of urban loneliness and hopelessness.
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  • Sep 18, 2015
    3 lonely souls in Taipei found themselves unknowingly sharing a single apartment. Vive L'Amour is an anti-film in itself that the dialogues were minimal and many long single shots were used to present the characters in a scrutinizing way. Enjoyable if you can withstand slow paced films.
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  • Nov 15, 2012
    a nearly wordless film that works as a kind of homage to antonioni's themes, especially in 'l'eclisse'. three characters share an apartment, unbeknownst to each other as they almost never interact, a metaphor for the anonymity and alienation of big city life. beautifully done. i'm working through tsai's filmography in order and i recommend it highly
    Stella D Super Reviewer
  • May 24, 2010
    "Don't knock masturbation, it's sex with someone I love." - Woody Allen to Diane Keaton, "Annie Hall"(1977) "Vive L'Amour" starts with Hsiao-kang(Lee Kang-sheng) stealing a key for a vacant luxury apartment and moving in where he suffers in his solitude. Even in an office full of partiers, he is miserable. After some flirtation, Mei(Yang Kuei-Mei), a real estate agent, takes Ah-jung(Chen Chao-jung) back to that same apartment for some quick anonymous sex. He likes the surroundings and decides to stick around for a while. So, while he and his housemate might have to worry about running into each other, they do not have to worry about the apartment being sold since the housing market is in shambles, leaving Mei out of luck. That does not stop construction all over the place, and at one point her car is blocked by a crane. She needs her car if she is to keep moving in an attempt to make a living in such desperate times where Ah-Jung mans an illegal sidewalk sale. So busy is she that she hardly has time to eat, much less have a relationship. I told a friend of mine I was going into the city to see "Vive L'Amour," directed by Tsai Ming-liang, and he asked what his movies are about. I replied that they are usually not strong on plot, and are generally about loneliness which is certainly true here. In this case, Tsai Ming-liang directs with his customary exquisite panache and playful and melancholic sense of humor, with little dialogue to denote a lack of communication. In lesser hands, this would be just another bedroom farce, but he takes his time to fully explore the symbolism of closed doors and personal space in a city with no lack of it, just anything affordable. And while we all want a lot of space to live our lives, the cremation containers that Hsiao-kang sells is all we need when we die.
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