Another excellent film by Abbas Kiarostami. It took me a good 10 minutes before I started to get into the film, but like a lot of Kiarostami films it was worth it in the end.
This was an awful film. An Iranian makes an ill conceived film starring three diminishing Japanese stereotypes. I don't get it. A Frankenstein's monster of cultural ecumenism that should have been left on the cutting room floor. The actors did their best to handle this pathetic fusion, and I feel sorry for them.
Abbas Kiarostami, an Iranian master director, made this film in Japanese with Japanese actors. The story involves a prostitute, a subject that I suspect cannot be explored in film in Iran. As explained in the 40 minute documentary included on the DVD, Kiarostami chooses simple stories where he can film in sequence. In this film (and maybe all his films), as Kiarostami films, the actors learn what is going on so that for them the experience is not practiced but real. In this way, Kiarostami believes that what is on the screen is as close to reality as possible.
A little gem of a movie. It felt brief and fanciful but never simple. Highly recommended.
Intimate, character study, amazing how Kiarostami can develop characters in such a short period of time. Utilizing inexperienced actors, to delve into the human conditions of love, jealousy, suspicion, sex, family, violence, exploitation. Beautifully shot as always, night shots of a taxi ride through tokyo, reflected in the window from outside the car window is beautiful.
Beautiful camera shots and good story telling. But It makes me feel as watching a short film.
A rather slow movie but it was still quite entertaining. The ending was unexpected.
First off, this art-house film is a mixed bag: it is a Franco-Japanese production directed by Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami, with a 100% Japanese cast. The story progresses very slowly, often with unnecessarily long takes. Some viewers will find some parts of the story to be disjoint. For example, I still do not understand the significance of this young girl, a student doubling up as a night-time prostitute, ignoring her visiting grandmother who waited for her for an entire day at the train station. Overall, though, this is a film very different from traditional dramas that we are used to, in the way it is told, and the subject matter. For this reason alone it is worth making the time investment to see it. In Japanese with subtitles.
The movie is different yet moving. The ending leaves you wondering.
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