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22 July 1996 (USA) See more »
The film focuses on three city folks who unknowingly share the same apartment: Mei, a real estate agent who uses it for her sexual affairs; Ah-jung... See more » | Add synopsis »
9 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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Chao-jung Chen ... Ah-jung

Kang-sheng Lee ... Hsiao-kang
Kuei-Mei Yang ... May Lin
Yi-Ching Lu ... Waitress (uncredited)

Directed by
Ming-liang Tsai 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ming-liang Tsai 
Yi-chun Tsai 
Pi-ying Yang 

Produced by
Hu-pin Chung .... producer
Li-Kong Hsu .... producer
Feng-Chyt Jiang .... executive producer
Wei-hua Tzon .... line producer
Cinematography by
Pen-Jung Liao 
Ming-kuo Lin 
Film Editing by
Shia-cheng Sung 
Production Design by
Pao-Lin Lee 
Set Decoration by
Chien-hsun Chen 
Costume Design by
Chung-hung Luo 
Production Management
Li-Kong Hsu .... executive in charge of production
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Yi-chun Tsai .... assistant director
Cheng-wei Yu .... assistant director
Art Department
Jean Mei Tang .... graphic designer
Sound Department
Chiang-Sheng Hsin .... sound designer
Ding-Yi Hu .... sound
Ching-an Yang .... sound
Jing-an Yang .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Biao Hsu .... assistant camera (as Xibiao Xu)
Other crew
Jean-Charles Canu .... press attache: France

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Also Known As:
"Ai qing wan sui" - Taiwan (original title)
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118 min | Argentina:120 min
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22 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Tsai Ming-liang's finest work, 20 September 2003
Author: David ( from Chapel Hill, NC, USA

One of the best of Tsai Ming-liang's glacial case studies of contemporary isolation and alienation in Taipei/the world, VIVE L'AMOUR is gripping in spite of it's extreme slowness (his work shares this quality with Tarkovsky or Antonioni). Tsai's work is superficially very chilly and ultimately heartbreaking - though Tsai also (as always) manages to also sneak in a little deadpan humor, which in this case includes the rather ironic translated title.

Three young, outwardly successful Taiwanese happen to cross paths - unknowingly at first - in the empty Taipei condominium one (a real estate agent) is attempting to sell. Through a bare minimum in dialogue - VIVE L'AMOUR is essentially a silent film until about 20 minutes in - Tsai charts their isolation and fumbling attempts at various kinds of human connection and finding some personal sort of peace. Tsai's scenario and characters are globalized, stripped of most marks of identity, and very much adrift, and their growth (or lack of it) is communicated through sparse forms of acting, direction and cinematography that reinvents seemingly antiquated forms of film-making (again, silent film) into a new-millennial era. In this, Tsai crafts a sort of haunted, elegaic drama that slides around the limitations of language, inhabiting a dreamlike, if also very dark, psychological territory.

Typically Tsai uses no musical score, and the dialog is very sparse, with the film favoring the natural sound of whatever environment the characters find themselves in, so the many memorable scenes do tend to sneak up on you. The finale is unforgettable.

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