A truly moving narrative that explores, in a very nuanced but detailed way, the difficulty for subjects to meet the Other, the beloved Other, as subject.
While ‘Family of Strangers’ runs the risk of corroborating prejudices, Hirayama’s narrative also has the potential to make spectators think about the socially embedded nature of mental suffering,
“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.”
“A wonderful exploration of dysfunctional familial bonds and the destructive impact narcissism has on human relations.”
“A somewhat atypically packaged jidai-geki, that provides everything one should expect of a contemporary mainstream jidai-geki.”
“A wonderful but slightly disturbing confrontation with violent enjoyment.”
Despite the obvious romanticism, a sincere and believable account of a first love.
“A very engaging, subversive exploration into the various effects this irrational real can have on speaking subjects.”