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Daughter of the Nile (1987)

Ni luo he nu er (original title)
The eldest daughter of a broken and troubled family works to keep the family together and look after her younger siblings, who are slipping into a life of crime.

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Nien-Jen Wu
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The eldest daughter of a broken and troubled family works to keep the family together and look after her younger siblings, who are slipping into a life of crime.

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A great director stumbles
29 June 2015 | by (.) – See all my reviews

This portrait of a teen-age girl in contemporary Taipei foreshadows Hou's later cycle of films dealing with urban alienation (Goodbye South, Goodbye; Millennium Mambo; Café Lumière) but it's told so disjointedly and haphazardly, cluttered with apparently irrelevant filler-scenes, as to become almost incomprehensible. Gradually, around the 50-minute mark, something resembling a story emerges, about gangsters trying to shake down the main character's brother, to which she is a passive and often distant witness, so that we're left wondering why we're looking at events through her eyes, when she's so far removed from said events, while her character isn't compelling or interesting enough to carry the film on her own merits. If you're generous, you could call Daughter of the Nile a narrative experiment, but the only thing the experiment proves is that even Hou Hsiao-hsien is capable of making a truly bad film.


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