Love Exposure

Love Exposure ★★★½

Another Japanese film written and directed by Sion Sono which gained a considerable amount of notoriety in film festivals around the world for its four-hour duration and themes including love, family, lust, religion and the art of upskirt photography. I know that the first version was originally six hours long, but was trimmed at the request of the producers... I would not mind 2 more hours of the Sono's master storytelling!

The main story starts with Yū Honda (Takahiro Nishijima), a young teenage Catholic attempting to live his life in a faithful and orderly manner. But after his mother dies, his father, Tetsu, has become a devout Catholic priest operating his own church. Yū's father asks Yū to confess his sins, but Yū is almost a perfect kid and has little to confess. At first he makes up sins, but his father sees right through him, and Yū sets out to commit real sins. Because of this, he falls in with a questionable crowd...

Most of the movie is very unique experience, excellent story with amazing acting and directing... but some of the music choices were just not right... If you are using Ravel's Bolero you cannot drag it for so long, but I didn't mind the appropriate usage of the Allegretto from Beethoven's Symphony #7 (if you don't recognize the name you probably will recognize the sound) - which matched the level of pathos in the given situations.

If you are ready for a movie which is profound, provocative and pretty wild, do not miss this one. Towards the middle it lost its tempo a little bit, but regained it very quickly. Worth the 4 hours of purely vulgar art which is served amazingly innocently...

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