Brief thoughts on Hou


There’s something quite awkward, even unrefined in the long takes of Hou’s more languid, observational films, especially those regarding youth culture, and yet this restrained approach to the quotidian somehow has an inescapable power of attraction. At times bizarrely mundane but never letting you off the hook. In the moment seemingly clunky, but soon later perfect in its imperfection and its subtle gesticulation of time passing. Through his rejection of an artificial film flow, his films rely on the power of the long take to express the inescapable flow of life. With restrained detachment, it articulates both the wonder and the fragility, the beautiful and the ugly, the celebratory and the mournful. This is life…


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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