“Ohtome succeeds in giving Himura’s bloody and tragic coming-into-being its rich and engaging emotional texture.”
“Maruyama’s narrative speaks powerfully to the spectator’s subjectivity – his fears and hopes – and enables his evocation of a glimmer of hope that remains present in this dark depressive modern relational mess to positively impact his audience.”
“A visually engaging narrative about the nature of happiness and the importance of desire that is highly relevant for Japanese youth.”
“Ogawa’s thoughtful lyricism that gives the emotionality of the performances their power to touch the spectator and enables her exploration of the difficulty to separate from one’s mother and the need for such separation to happen for subjective growth to resonate so vividly with the audience.”
“McKie’s film is not only the best dance-film of recent years but might very well be one of the best Japanese films to be released this year.”
A great and visually pleasing narrative about the socially embedded nature of the process of coming-into-being-as-subject.
“A charming exploration about the way in which the other allows a drifting subject to moor his desire and find a direction for his subjectivity within the Other.”
A very pleasant narrative that vividly underlines the importance of social bonds for the integration of a subject within the social field as well as the fundamental role the O/other plays in the process of becoming a desiring subject.
A feel-good movie full of genuine emotions and satisfying romantic moments that also succeeds in delivering an important message to young adults.
“A tender and sweet appeal to Japanese society to give every subject the possibility to assume, with respect to others, a subjective place of speech.”
“A moving exploration of the struggle of securing a place for one’s subject, a place from where one can speak as subject.”