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February 22, 2007

Three Times - 4

This Chinese film has three parts, as the title suggests. They are each love stories set in different contexts. The first part takes place in 1966 and involves a man who leaves for military service, only to return and search for his love. The second part is set in 1911, and shows a love story in the context of a much more structured society. The final vignette is set in 2005 and shows the influence and disconnect of the digital age. It's hard to say whether there even is any love or possibility for connection in a world that continually overwhelms the senses. This film has very sparse dialogue, the middle vignette using the silent film method of title cards. Qi Shu and Chen Chang play the leads in each of the vignettes. A well made film that was hard to get into.

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