What Time Is It There?

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Though it requires patience to view, What Time Is It There?'s exploration of loneliness is both elegant and haunting.

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Movie Info

A street vendor (Lee Kang-sheng) with a grim home-life forges a connection with a young woman (Shiang-chyi Chen) on her way to Paris.

Cast & Crew

Chen Yi-ching
Mother
Cecilia Yip
Woman in Paris
Jean-Pierre Léaud
Jean-Pierre, Man at the Cemetery
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Critic Reviews for Ni na bian ji dian (What Time Is It Over There?)

All Critics (53) | Top Critics (19) | Fresh (45) | Rotten (8)

  • This wonderful, one-of-a-kind movie hops from Taiwan to France, from tragedy to deadpan comedy and, in its mysterious conclusion, from the worldly to the otherworldly.

    March 7, 2018 | Full Review…

    David Ansen

    Newsweek
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  • If you've the patience, there are great rewards here.

    June 11, 2002 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Jamie Russell

    BBC.com
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  • While its careful pace and seemingly opaque story may not satisfy every moviegoer's appetite, the film's final scene is soaringly, transparently moving.

    March 28, 2002 | Rating: 3.5/4
  • Tsai's confidence in the deep power of silence drives home the film's inner convictions. Its surface works coolly, intriguingly and, happily, feebly in opposition to the heart of the matter.

    March 22, 2002 | Rating: 3/4
  • At times, Tsai's approach makes viewing this film like watching paint dry, but what a sublime design it makes.

    March 21, 2002 | Rating: B+
  • Alternates between deadpan comedy and heartbreaking loneliness and isn't afraid to provoke introspection in both its characters and its audience.

    March 21, 2002 | Rating: B+

Audience Reviews for Ni na bian ji dian (What Time Is It Over There?)

  • Mar 01, 2016
    Despite its evocative visuals, it feels repetitious to see Tsai explore once again his favorite themes of loneliness and emptiness but in a film that is too puzzling and lacks in consistency - especially with regard to the character's odd obsession with clocks and a woman he barely meets.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • May 08, 2010
    Images speak for themselves in Tsai's invigorating cinematic ouvre. Ni na bian ji dian is almost as symbolic as a modern Lynch masterpiece; Thailand is shown through a low-class scope where silence plays the most important role in the characters' inner desperation. Life is an enormous chess board: the game is unpredictable and there are several ways in which you can win, but half of the circumstances are out of your control. Besides, the game is too short. Human emotions felt to their most extreme boundaries become, ultimately, in the most intense escapism available. The loneliness of completely separate individuals, both in the physical and spiritual levels, is connected regardless of kilometric distance. 100/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer
  • Jun 05, 2009
    A girl is going to Paris. A watch seller. A cake as a gift. Two people connected by loneliness. Subtle humor, sadness, minimal dialogues, slow movie. <a href='http://img34.imageshack.us/my.php?image=10294762.jpg'><img src='http://img34.imageshack.us/img34/4572/10294762.jpg' border='0' alt='Image Hosted by ImageShack.us'/></a> This absolutely great film also brings an homage to Truffaut and a small part of Jean-Pierre Léaud. You don´t need to know The 400 blows, but if you do, you will definitely have another view of "What Time Is It There?". <br> <br>
    Rubia Super Reviewer
  • Jul 01, 2008
    I slow film about loss, emptiness, loneliness and the need to fill this up, to be somewhat in control and not being able to. Very delicate.
    Saskia D Super Reviewer

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