After a 15-year gestation, Edward Yangs miniature epic finally emerged to take the Best Director prize at last years Cannes.
Firmly rooted in the humanist tradition, its a gentle study of the way lifes coincidences and circularity can still render it utterly unpredictable.
With his nerve-shattered wife (Jin) away on retreat, N.J., a seemingly stable computer-game boffin (Wu) hits a mid-life crisis that could - at a push - equate with Taiwans present economic and political situation.
Plot strands are interwoven with a poets precision, yet theres nothing pretentious about this credible domestic odyssey, which mercifully avoids cinemas predilection for dysfunction. The performances are also superb, with little Jonathan Chang (as N.J.s young son) outstanding, most notably during his school show.