Taiwan, 1998, 89 min, Dir. Tsai Ming-liang, Not Rated, Mandarin with English subtitles, Big World Pictures

The Hole

Ends Thursday 11/26

"The most memorable fusion of song, dance and weather since Singin’ in the Rain." —Dennis Lim, Village Voice

"A broodingly apocalyptic and thoroughly original view." —Marjorie Baumgarten, The Austin Chronicle

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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. Winner of the FIPRESCI Prize at Cannes.

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