Goodbye, South, Goodbye (Hsaio-Hsien, 1996)


Captures Hou’s transition from nostalgia for childhood to nostalgia for youth. And those roads!! And those songs!!

His films capture with such grace a time in a person’s life. Through nostalgic eyes, they look back and melancholically appreciate the simple moments. Most exemplary of this feature is the party scene in Goodbye, South, Goodbye, wherein light filtration and a blurred brown colour palette speak to these feelings of nostalgia and sentiment. He simultaneously mourns for the past while celebrating it.

More than anyone, Hou Hsiao Hsien conveys what Kiarostami says about great films…

“Some films have made me doze off in the theater, but the same films have made me stay up at night, wake me up thinking about them in the morning, and keep on thinking about them for weeks. Those are the kinds of films I like.”

90/100 – Amazing.

5 Stars


About Kamran Ahmed

I have a Masters in Cinema Studies from the University of Toronto. I work as a freelance writer and film critic in Vancouver. My writing is primarily distributed through Next Projection, an online film journal based in Toronto.
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1 Response to Goodbye, South, Goodbye (Hsaio-Hsien, 1996)

  1. For d first time i come see dis bag.But i thnk its fine in sense of cinema nd deep understanding of time. I pledge to follow dis.Thnx a lot for dis beautiful effort. Keep alight…

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