Rizi [Days] (2020) – DNF

Director: Ming-liang Tsai
Writer: Ming-liang Tsai
Cast: Kang-sheng Lee, Anong Houngheuangsy
Part of: Viennale
Seen on: 27.10.2020

Kang (Kang-sheng Lee) lives in a big house, spending most of his time seeking treatment for an illness. Non (Anong Houngheuangsy) lives in a small apartment and works as a cook. Both men are very different, but equally lonely – until they meet each other.

Rizi was the second film for me that day and the second film that I walked out of, this time about halfway through. I think it’s exactly the kind of film that keeps people from attending film festival because they are afraid films will be all artsy and inaccessible. I think by the time I left the film (after an hour or so), there was not a line of dialogue, the two guys hadn’t met yet, and in fact, nothing had really happened at all. At one point, we got to see a cat behind a window. I took that as the high point of the film and left after that. I just did not have the patience at all.

The film poster showing two men in a street restaurant eating from big bowls.

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