“The pulsating revelation that every subject hides a destructive drive and violent desire is the true scandal of the narrative.”
A powerful plea for more support for female directorial talent and for more Japanese narratives that explore female subjectivity, question the nature of the sexual relationship, and investigate the effects society has on women and their subjectivity.
“This questioning, framed with thoughtful cinematography and brought to life by deeply nuanced performances, will long linger in the spectator’s mind.”
Igarashi Akiko does prove herself to be a new fresh voice in the Japanese sci-fi genre
“A beautiful meditation on the dangers of love”
“Kusano is able to evokes nothing other than the very fact that one’s subjective truth is ever constructed in cyclic retro-active way.”
“A narrative that is, at no point, able to evoke the power of the song it has used as inspiration.”
Despite the obvious romanticism, a sincere and believable account of a first love.
While IFFR, like every year, has an amazing selection of world cinema to enjoy, we want to underline the Japanese highlights of this year.
“A successful debut for Nanako Hirose”