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Loneliness and emotional isolation settles on Drive My Car like fog after the electric first act of Hamaguchi's adaptation of literature's greatest writer of lonely protagonists. Throughout the numerous, but never dull, driving scenes around Hiroshima, the individual highways the car navigates are almost empty but surrounded by traffic jams on either side. In opposition to the early scenes of crackling physical and emotional intimacy, the rest of the film keeps the actors with a dynamic space between them (except…
A poisonous film, a creeping, slow acting venom which gets heavier and more painful without its victim even realising.
Filled with potent visuals and brazen images, those who give themselves over to the film's doom-laden rhythms will be completely transfixed. Very clearly not made for those of a nervous (or irritable) disposition, Hagazussa feels like more of an exorcism that it does a film. I cannot wait to see it again.
Comparisons will be made to The Witch but this…
Everyone's experience with DAU is going to be different and not simply because there is no clear road map offered on how to navigate this gargantuan 13-film odyssey. Whether you were amongst the first people to take part in the immersive experience that originally occurred in Paris and London, whether you saw a segment in a crowded Berlin theatre or whether you watched it at home alone during a global pandemic, DAU is purpose-built to be consumed uniquely and digested…