If you haven’t seen Yi-Yi (A One and a Two), you’re in for a treat.

It’s been out on DVD before, but not like this. The full Criterion treatment has arrived, and I encourage you to check it out as soon as you can. Beautifully filmed, poetic, funny, unpredictable, with a cast of characters as large and memorable as the cast of Magnolia, it is one of those films that seems to capture all of life within its 2 1/2-hour span. This is the only Edward Yang film I’ve seen, but I’m eager to see more.

GreenCine Daily reports:

At Ain’t It Cool News, Moriarty first notes that Yi Yi has got a “great cover for a great film” and, in defiance of the site’s reputation for fan boy priorities, he calls the film itself “a masterpiece of minimalism.” Cemile Kavountzis of Entertainment Weekly finds Yi Yi (A One and a Two) (to give its full title) to be “a moving reflection on the everyday snapshots, both literally and metaphorically, that capture life’s sometimes blurred three-dimensional complexity.” And David Cornelius at DVD Talk says that Yi Yi “is a patient movie, and it shares its patience with its characters.” Cornelius also finds the transfer a “stunning improvement” over the Winstar disc.

And the Criterion page informs me that they’ll be delivering some Kieslowski this fall. I am on the edge of my seat. Tell me it’s The Double Life of Veronique!! Please!!

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