The Hole [In-Person Only]
$14 General Admission
$7 NWFF Member
(Tsai Ming-liang, Taiwan, 1998, 89 min, in Mandarin with English subtitles)
Set just prior to the start of the 21st century, this vaguely futuristic story follows two residents of a quickly crumbling building who refuse to leave their homes in spite of a virus that has forced the evacuation of the area. As rain pours down relentlessly, a single man is stuck with an unfinished plumbing job and a hole in his floor. This results in a very odd relationship with the woman who lives below him. Combining deadpan humor with an austere view of loneliness and a couple of unexpected musical numbers, Tsai Ming-Liang crafted one of the most original films of the 1990s.
Produced for French television’s 2000 Seen by… series, this was originally broadcast in a 69-minute version called Last Dance. This longer version is the director’s preferred cut.
Synopsis and stills courtesy of Big World Pictures.
“The Hole, for all its sorrowful prescience, does not traffic in the customary pandemic-thriller idiom of paranoia and alarm… A genius of deadpan comedy as well as a poet of urban anomie, Tsai fills his meticulously composed frames with revealing details that often double as sight gags … funny, melancholy and finally entrancing.“– Justin Chang, The Los Angeles Times
“The best movie of 2020—and the most 2020 movie of the year—was made in 1998. It’s all brilliantly staged, existential slapstick about life during a very wet pandemic. Did I mention it’s a musical too?” – Bob Strauss, The San Francisco Chronicle (via Tweet)
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