“Kusano succeeds in delivering a quite atypical romance narrative.”
“A meditative and intimate masterpiece with a rich but challenging intertextuality.”
“A very precise and rather confronting exploration of how, within the sexual act, the male and the female subject never meet each other.”
“A narrative that, when all is said and done, fails to realize its potential to move the spectator. “
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.