Hospitalité

Hospitalité

Kat and I spent the weekend on a mini Koji Fukada binge, watching this, HARMONIUM, and A GIRL MISSING over two days. These three films share actors as well as virtues, namely a palpable sense of workaday experience (especially with regards to skilled labor), tantalizingly opaque characterizations, an acute feel for domestic complacency and unhappiness, and a particularly Japanese ability to make urban life seem calming. HOSPITALITÉ is the only film of the three I'd describe as funny; here, Fukada plays the disruption of everyday routine for low-key laughs. I'm still not sure if the business about the hero unwittingly putting up a couple dozen immigrants is meant to be satirical or a non-sequitur.