The Hole. 1998. Taiwan. Directed by Tsai Ming-Liang. With Lee Kang-Sheng, Yang Kuei-Mei. 35mm. In Mandarin; English subtitles. 93 min.
A mysterious virus causes the inflicted to behave like cockroaches. Defying evacuation orders, a woman and a man remain in their apartments. While the woman downstairs finds herself drowning in water leaks, the man upstairs becomes increasingly intrigued by his neighbor below, thanks to a hole connecting the two apartments. Breaking out in dance and song, the two express burning desires for love. Absurdist humor mixes with nostalgic tunes by 1950s–60s pop icon Grace Chang, giving this musical a touch of glamor and warmth rarely seen in Tsai Ming-Liang’s work. Winner of the FIRPESCI award at the Cannes Film Festival.