The Human Comedy | Chicago Reader

The Human Comedy

Taiwanese director Hung Hung—whose delightful first film, The Love of 3 Oranges, won this festival's Fipresci prize two years ago—turns in another accomplished work, though on a larger scale. He sets portions of 12 classic fables from the Confucian Book of 24 Filial Pieties in contemporary Taipei and transmutes them into a subtle meditation on the meaning of family in an increasingly fragmented modern society. The stories range in tone from humorous to wistful and feature recurring characters that often resurface in unexpected ways. The film is sometimes hampered by sentimentality, but that's more than compensated for by its exquisite moments of beauty and deep emotional resonance. 117 min.

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