The Hole (Dong)

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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. (Tsai Ming-Liang, Taiwan, 1998, 89 min.) In Mandarin with English subtitles

"Tsai's most distilled, droll, deftly realized allegory" - J. Hoberman, Village Voice

THE HOLE (dir. Tsai Ming-liang, Taiwan/France) - Official US trailer