The River. 1997. Taiwan. Directed by Tsai Ming-Liang. With Lee Kang-Sheng, Lu Yi-Ching, Tien Miao, Chen Shiang-Chyi. DCP. In Taiwanese, Mandarin; English subtitles. 115 min.
A family of three lives under the same roof but each member conceals a separate, secret life. While son Hsiao Kang’s mysterious neck ailment and an unstoppable water leak keep the family occupied in search of solutions, the mother pursues an unsatisfying affair and the father frequents bathhouses for anonymous sex. When father and son finally connect, the result is devastating. Winner of the Berlin International Film Festival’s Special Jury Prize. Screening here in a digital restoration.