Memory and Time: a Possibility of History in the Taiwan Trilogy
The films discussed in this chapter address the impact of trauma on an individual in the contest of, and closely allied with, the overarching social, political, and cultural memory of a particular period. In them, Hou produces a visual correlative to the subjective, emotional, and visual experience of trauma, and leaves the situation uncertain for the viewer. I probe the world of Hou’s films is basically that of traumatic experience related to a destabilization of memory and time.
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