“A meditative and intimate masterpiece with a rich but challenging intertextuality.”
“A mystery-horror experience that is, in all aspects, better than ‘Howling Village’.”
“One of the most original romance narratives of the year.”
“An elegant and moving exploration of a how certain subjects unwillingly compose their own romantic failures.”
“An essential viewing for all who holds the art of cinema dear.”
“Matsui delivers another masterpiece that will long linger in the spectator’s mind.”
“A beautiful narrative that seems to bear no relation to our romantic life at first, but ultimately hits close to home.”
A visual experience that is not only about style and artfulness.
A nuanced but moving exploration of the destructive power of the media, the danger of leaving things unsaid, and the fact that mundane or empty speech is, by its reliance on the imaginary dimension, structured by misrecognition.
“An artfully composed erotic narrative that plays with the well-known psychoanalytic fact that the relational past of subjects impacts the possibility and appearance of sexual attraction between a man and a woman.”
“Nakahama succeeds in delivering his message concerning the human tendency to misrecognize the traumatic pain of others in a fresh and touching manner.”
“A raw and powerful drama narrative that confronts the spectator with the inherent difficulty of accepting the loss of a loved one.”
Kawashima stages this Freudian exploration of unconscious desires with an extraordinary compositional artistry.
Sion Sono does not only offer an eloquent celebration of the beauty of the crazy little thing called desire, but also delivers a truly powerful encouragement for the contemporary subject to unshackle himself from the societal or psychological imposed restrictions and fight for his/her desire.
In a languid but highly transparent way, Ohmori confronts the spectator with the subjective and interpersonal ravage the insatiable desire for love and the need for a proof of the other’s love eventually causes.