Happy Hour

Happy Hour ★★★★½

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.