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FoundOnYouTube’s review published on Letterboxd:
This review may contain spoilers.
Shoutout to @filmswithsam for the request.
Normally, I would turn down requests for four hour movies, but there was something about Love Exposure that compelled me to watch it. Love Exposure is a film that get more and more bizarre as it goes on. Our protagonist starts his journey by trying to reconcile with his father, and then ends it by killing cult members with a katana. It's a fun and absurd film to watch with friends, even if it is four hours long.
Love Exposure also has a blasphemous approach to Catholic aesthetics, like the scene where Yu compares Yoko to the Virgin Mary, after the wind blows her skirt up. Now, this isn't anything new. Many directors with a Catholic background have made films that are seen as heretical. For example, Park Chan-Wook's Thirst and Martin Scorsese's The Last Temptation of Christ. What makes this unique is that Sion Sono doesn't really have a Catholic background. His only exposure to Christianity was being indoctrinated into a Christian cult at age 17, which he was in for a brief period of time.
A problem with this movie is that Sono seems to be more concerned with making it as absurd as possible, rather than giving it any consistency. This is especially true for the relationship between Yu and Yoko. Yoko doesn't fall in love with Yu, until the last 30 minutes. Up until then, the audience was pretty sure that Yoko was a lesbian. I guess she's bisexual now.