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A One And A Two review
17th June 2004
I found it probably the best film of 2002. A sprawling family saga, it's one of those "all human life is there" films which like "Les Enfants du Paradis" really needs the length and breadth it's given to work properly.
After a confusing start we really get to know the characters and become involved with their stories, problems and conflicts and how they relate to one another. A long story about many characters does not a soap opera make; this is a quality piece of work.
This has far more heart than some of Yang's earlier, more formally experimental films such as "The Terroriser" and it benefits from it.
There should be something in here for everyone to relate to, at whatever stage they are in life. As one character says "with films, we experience many more lives than we actually can in one lifetime" and this film is a whole life experience in 3 hours.