Films I've watched or rewatched since March 2017. My favorite films tend to change.
Ah! What a beautiful film about friendship and relationships in your thirties. And, it must be said, a film that is at once Japanese to the core AND unique coming from Japan. It's not a high school drama, and there aren't any goody-goody characters. Nor is there a weirdly handled date rape scene in the film.
Ryusuke Hamaguchi totally and completely succeeds at portraying four women as real, rounded, complex human beings. Proof that there is no need for a female filmmaker to portray women: all you need is a good filmmaker.
The human part of this film - the relationship between mother and daughter, her little brother - is witty, mature, and true. I thought it was cool how the film succeeded at sketching complex relationships with very little means and dialogue.
Yet, I felt this film had something obvious and school-like to it.
The three characters each have their own (very cinematic) hobby: photography, piano and (a kind of) sound art. Each of these three 'arts' have been literally used…