Days

Days ★★★★

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The structure of Days is so crucial. It isn't so much a threadbare narrative as it is a window looking into fragments of living snapshots. Almost as if you wandered in as a silent spectator. For as durational as this film is, it never feels like you're receiving the full picture, but it's only a matter of time before Tsai Ming-liang puts the pieces together, with gestures of compassion and tenderness amidst lonely landscapes. Lee Kang-Sheng offers up a performance that is so moving to me. Entirely in tune with Tsai's rhythms, especially with how the body language of interiority is expressed. How the passage of time within our environment can often be a physical burden.