Within a few moments of its opening frame, "Yi Yi," an inexplicably engrossing Taiwanese circle-of-life saga about everyday life in middle-class Taipei, writer-director Edward Yang succeeds in making the viewer feel like a silent member of the quite ordinary family at the core of the film.
The first scenes take place at a wedding. Whose wedding, we don't know yet, but almost immediately the images of a family in celebration make you feel right at home. You chuckle at the little boy ring bearer when the little flower girls gang up on him in play. You smile appreciatively when his father leaves the reception to take the boy to McDonalds to cheer him up.
You also tense up and feel like stepping in when a distraught woman bursts into the party crying to the family matriarch, "It should have been me marrying your grandson!"
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