“A great narrative that does not only show that family happiness is but a semblance – behind the smiles hides pain and sadness – but also the very fact that the subject can only grasp his present subjective state by narrativizing (and, in many cases idealize) his past.”
Nishikawa shows, in a heartwarming way, that while there is a need to identify ourselves somewhat with the ideal image of our significant other, such identification should not be at the expense of our subjective position.
“A pleasant narrative – full of lighthearted, romantic, and familial moments – that could have been better.”
“Kotani beautifully shows how important the signifier is for the subjectivity of the speaking being.”
“A wonderful exploration of dysfunctional familial bonds and the destructive impact narcissism has on human relations.”
“One of the most profound and rich explorations of the complex process of mourning until date.”
“A truly pleasant cinematographical narrative that succeeds, notwithstanding its lightheartedness, in formulating a truly relevant message.”