With his simple, gentle, and authentic exploration of how a pregnancy rewrites one’s current and future life, Tsuda proves that one does not need a complex narrative or a profound thematic depth to touch the spectator.
“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.”
“While it does not offer anything new to the jidai-geki genre, it still is a pleasing narrative that touches upon less well-known aspects of Edo-society.”
“With her impressive and touching debut, Yuko Hakota reveals herself as one very promising director. “
‘Katagiri’s perfectly executed tonal shift turns Saki’s subjective journey into a truly touching experience.’
“A peaceful and serene exploration of female subjectivity.”
“A truly pleasant cinematographical narrative that succeeds, notwithstanding its lightheartedness, in formulating a truly relevant message.”
“While Oda show promise as a director, his debut-narrative reveals that he has yet to find his own distinctive voice.”
“A highly original narrative that communicates its powerful statement on art through its modulation of its eclectic art-style.”
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“A fine piece of cinematography on the flexibility of subjectivity. “
“One of the most promising debuts of the past couple of years.”
“Excels in bringing the subjective impact such disastrous event can have sensibly and powerfully to the fore.”
A narrative that succeeds in sensibly highlighting the often forgotten importance of the funeral as symbolic event and the possibility to appreciate the human being beyond his failure as symbolic father.
“An enjoyable narrative, providing plenty of charming and touching moments.”