'isn't everything we do in life a way to be loved a little more?'
I say this about a lot of films I love, but this really does feel like people watching. the shakiness of the camera makes it feel almost intrusive to watch the relationship develop through the small shared intimacies. I was at an old bookshop recently and they had lots of old written postcards, some which were love letters - stumbling across those letters is exactly how I feel watching this film - falling in love with their love story while feeling like I shouldn't be reading them.
"you grow around something, and it feels like nothing"
I found watching this film such a calming experience - the stillness of it,
how it reminds you of the beauty of the most ordinary day-to-day situations, even if you've spent your whole life around them in the same town. But it also reminds you that, even if you leave, those experiences, like the architecture, will stay, and become even more meaningful - because you will start to take notice of them.
(also, john cho!! I'm getting ready to watch his entire filmography now because his performance was so subtle yet so impactful)
"time passes through us, blowing like cold wind"
I loved this a lot. I definitely missed things, but I think that's what I liked about it so much - I know there will be so much more to pick up on when rewatching. Kaufman scatters clues throughout (the slippers, the washing, the paintings) so I found myself captivated for the entire film, constantly searching for a bit of 'sense' in the surreal. Yet finding that 'sense' isn't exactly plausible for…