Directed by Ryûsuke Hamaguchi
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 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.
★★★★★ 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:
★★★★ review by matt lynch on Letterboxd
"I heard I was born because of you."
The sound of your guts.
★★★★½ review by Eli Hayes on Letterboxd
★★★★½ review by Etan Weisfogel on Letterboxd
It's amazing how Hamaguchi manages to avoid repeating himself over the course of this 317 minute film - there are quite a few longer, 20+ min sequences here, almost all entirely dialogue based, but each one is operating on a slightly different wavelength. It makes the film very difficult to pin down; you can't categorize it or label it with one style or philosophy. During the post-film Q&A, someone proposed (in a rambling comment-question not dissimilar to Kohei's in the book reading sequence) that the central theme of the work was communication, which sure, I guess that's there if you really want to look for it, but I think the film is less about a central theme than following various strands of life to an almost arbitrary endpoint, exploring the particular rhythms and emotions that lie therein, and, in doing so, trying to reach some understanding of these people. A miracle of a film.
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