While most respectable reviewers hated this film and buried it deep under pages of critical mauling, NYAFF, faithful to its tradition of boldly going where no festival dares to tread, unearthed this—the most unrepentant cinematic celebration of bar culture and the emotional wreckage that goes with it. Like a drunk version of Wong Kar Wai’s classics, but set in his birthplace of Shanghai, instead of Hong Kong, the film has the master’s signature slashed all over it, with all the pop philosophy and cooler-than-thou retro melancholy that defined Wong’s earlier works, but in a stunningly bizarre yet gorgeous package. A journey that defies meaning, where lost souls never quite find themselves or each other.
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