Amazing surrealist(-ish) film that doesn't hit you on the head with a 'message' and isn't made by A24, so of course it's filled with 3-star 1-liner 'girlboss' reviews by the inconsequential rabble of this fucking site.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
That ending really soured what was otherwise an incredible series. Mizuho and Nagara end up back where they were before the beginning, pretty much. Still depressed, still repressed, still insecure. Despite having decided to go back to the real world mostly because of Nozomi, Nagara still can't keep his promise to her, and it would seem that leaving the island behind was not moving forward for them, it was simply denying the growth they experienced there and going back to their previous selves. A self-defeating end that sadly taints one of the best shows I've seen.
Rural exodus as the slow death.
Family is the bedrock of life.
The mandates of an invisible government.
Words that can never be enough.
Silence sometimes is enough.
The claustrophobia of spaces that are much too open.
Rural roads are the most peaceful and calm place in the world.
Music has a beginning and an end.
Yet the sounds of running water may never stop.
The feeling of falling. The feeling of having nothing to hold on to.