Stray Dogs

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  • Summary: A father and his two children wander the margins of modern day Taipei, from the woods and rivers of the outskirts to the rain streaked streets of the city. By day the father scrapes out a meager income as a human billboard for luxury apartments, while his young son and daughter roam theA father and his two children wander the margins of modern day Taipei, from the woods and rivers of the outskirts to the rain streaked streets of the city. By day the father scrapes out a meager income as a human billboard for luxury apartments, while his young son and daughter roam the supermarkets and malls surviving off free food samples. Each night the family takes shelter in an abandoned building. The father is strangely affected by a hypnotic mural adorning the wall of this makeshift home. Expand

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  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
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  1. Reviewed by: Robbie Collin
    Sep 16, 2013
    100
    Every shot of Stray Dogs has been built with utter formal mastery; every sequence exerts an almost telepathic grip.
  2. Reviewed by: Patrick Gamble
    Aug 24, 2014
    100
    Tsai's Stray Dogs is a masterpiece of social-realism, a distinctive and beguiling study of society's displaced and marginalised that plays to the beat of its own drum and refuses to conform to cinema's own commodification.
  3. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    Aug 24, 2014
    100
    Tsai isn't making a social-problem film here, and his critique of patriarchal control is secondary to his portrait of unbearable psychic conditions.
  4. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Sep 9, 2014
    90
    Stray Dogs evokes the whole of Tsai’s filmography, but also pays off his collaboration with Lee, who shows a side of himself that’s been hidden away for all these years.
  5. Reviewed by: Matt Zoller Seitz
    Sep 12, 2014
    88
    It asks a lot of us. In fact it asks us to set aside everything we've been conditioned to think movies are, and roll with a different way of seeing and hearing things, and connect.
  6. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Sep 9, 2014
    80
    The lengthy final two shots (each running more than ten minutes) rank among the best work this inimitable artist has ever done.
  7. Reviewed by: Guy Lodge
    Sep 16, 2013
    60
    Tsai here seems to be stripping his ornately eccentric style down to formal fundamentals. A certain pictorial grace remains; his sense of humor, sadly, appears to have been largely tossed out with the bathwater.

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