“An important document that traces how the post-war capitalistic machine of modernity poisons subjectivity by ‘promoting’ a selfish monetary desire, slowly empties social relations, and causes a blossoming of a wide range of subjective conflicts and societal problems.”
“A thrilling masterpiece.”
An amazing socially-engaged piece of cinema that beautifully sketches out how problematic the enjoyment of the societal Other can be.
”While not perfect by any means, Igashi still delivers an enjoyable romance narrative.”
With his narrative, Kaneko gracefully invites the spectator to question whether he has not forgotten the subjective importance of forging inter-subjective bonds.
“A great narrative that elegantly and gently exploits non-verbal communication to deliver a touching tale of subjective struggle.”
“A beautiful socially-engaged narrative that explores the very fact that, by being grasped within the societal network of relations, one cannot but influence the other and become influenced by the other’s speech and acts.”
“An incredible short that explores the subjective impact of the lack of materiality (i.e. bones) on the process of mourning in a very intimate way.”
“A beautiful narrative that explores the mental and societal obstacles that litter the path of those subjects who suddenly need to grieve the loss of loved ones with a refined elegance and a pleasing naturalism.”
“Amane does not only blend horror and eroticism fluidly together, but does so to deliver a satisfying critique of how social media eventually becomes a tool for male subjects to chase their phallic fantasy.”
“A visually pleasing narrative that explores, with a refined irony, the very problematic dimensions of nationalism.”
“Yamanaka does not only reaffirm that she has talent but also that she improved her compositional style and her storytelling.”
“Sawa pleases the spectator with his elegant and, at times, poetic compositions, but also delivers a narrative with a satisfying psychological depth and a rich emotional texture.”
“A meditative and intimate masterpiece with a rich but challenging intertextuality.”
“A very emotional journey about the difficulties of dealing with loss and lack.”