Help Me, Eros

Director: Lee Kang-Sheng
Year Released: 2007
Rating: 1.5

A recently unemployed stoner (Lee) falls for a woman who works for a suicide hotline while diddling a girl who sells betel nuts on the streets. Lee, best known as Tsai Ming-Liang's "alter ego" (with Tsai providing some assistance on this picture), falls into the trap of trying to adopt Tsai's recurring theme of alienation and isn't nearly as successful - it's better, of course, to forge your own path with your own style than trying to mimic the style of others. The "poetic" moments (like, for example, the lottery tickets flying from the sky) don't have much "bite" and fail to add much emotion to a predominately static affair.