ATM: Ang Lee's Eat Drink Man Woman (1994)
Eat Drink Man Woman is Ang Lee's third movie and second consecutive movie nominated for the foreign picture Oscar. Although it is set in Taiwan, it features universal themes almost any individual who has lived in a urban setting can relate to. It explores how and why people often feel of lonely despite having families and friends, and the difficulties and possibilities we face when we try to connect with other people (family or otherwise).
Before I talk about this movie, I must state: If you love Chinese food as I do, you are in for a visual treat, as lovely shots of sumptuous Chinese foods in this film will certainly make you hungry. The film's theme broadly focuses on the malaise that surrounds most people (particularly youth) in modern settings. They're happy, but not quite happy. Although it explores many themes, the most important one is the struggle of three adult daughters to connect with their well-meaning but distant father.
The film has been lighted, color composed and edited to achieve a very leisurely, breezy feel, akin to a relaxed walk in the evening. Although the movie is 2 hours long, it never drags on because it is never heavy and frequently funny. Among the highlights of the movie are its superb dialogue. The banter among siblings and parents literally remind of your own experiences. It is a funny, light-hearted, but deeply introspective movie.
I found the movie online. Click on the link below to watch the movie online (HD quality). The site is 100% safe, and the only nuisance you will get is a pop-up in the beginning.