Family Film

A couple embark on an early vacation. Left alone, their children cut loose until the boy gets caught for skipping school and things take an unexpected turn. Boasting exquisite camera work, the film is also unforgettable for its wholly original ending.


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  • ★★★½ review by Tadej B on Letterboxd


  • ★★★½ review by Matt Barca on Letterboxd

    MIFF 2016 Film #64 - “What’s happening with the dog!”, I found myself screaming quietly in my head during many scenes.

    Not because the rest of the families journey wasn’t interesting, but because the dog was such a damn convincing actor.

    Worth a watch. No need to be in a cinema though.

  • ★★★½ review by Robert Woods on Letterboxd

    It's a family drama! Oh man there's a shipwrecked dog though. Maybe it's crass sentiment but how can you not love it? Very good.

  • ★★★½ review by Millie on Letterboxd

    I don't even know. But long live Otto the dog!

  • ★★★★ review by NipponNewfie on Letterboxd

    A teenage brother and sister are left to look after themselves when their mother and father go on an extended sailing trip. The parents stay in touch by Skype but hormones rage and mischief is made at home. Everything is as might be expected until eventually, inevitably, it isn't.

    This was a slow-paced film, but not at all boring. It delicately and thoughtfully examined issues of trust, responsibility, hope, and family love. Great performances by the entire cast with a particularly good turn by Otto, the family dog, who was a major touchstone in the film.

    Seen at the Tokyo International Film Festival.

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