Happy Hour

Jun, Akari, Sakurako and Fumi truly believe that they can confide in each other. But one day, at a party, Jun confesses that she is seeking a divorce from her husband and this information seems to upset the other three. They follow her trial as she attempts to win her case against her husband’s will.

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  • ★★★★★ review by Alex Engquist on Letterboxd

    So glad this ended up getting some sort of theatrical run and that more people are getting to see it. It's a special film. I wrote about it (and Kore-eda's Our Little Sister) for Movie Mezzanine:

    moviemezzanine.com/happy-hour-essay/

  • ★★★★ review by matt lynch on Letterboxd

    "I heard I was born because of you."

    The sound of your guts.

  • ★★★★★ review by Juvenile Cinephile on Letterboxd

    This feels like an heir to Rivette. Transfixing, enigmatic, and a ghost story while still feeling light on its toes in unpredictability and the way the characters hold to what they can even when their world reveals stifling elements of the old world.

  • ★★★★½ review by Eli Hayes on Letterboxd

    you guys

  • ★★★★½ review by GrimsChild on Letterboxd

    A tone poem. Revitalises the previously stoic J-drama by doing next to nothing original and it's all the better for it. It's a cop out to call any of this "natural" but it's a very rare occurrence in cinema when a director lets events just happen on screen and the movie's run time is used to bolster this premise into scenes that just so happen to form a breathless narrative. This is the first time in my life where I want to watch a 4+ hour movie just as it finished.

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