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On the day when a fireworks display is planned, Norimichi, Yusuke, and their friends at school in a Japanese seaside town cannot agree whether or not fireworks are "flat" or "round" when they explode in the sky. With her parents divorcing, the young teenager Nazuna has more serious matters on her mind. Although unknown to the others, Nazuna's mother intends to take her away after the summer break. When Norimichi and Yusuke race 50 meters in the swimming pool, Nazuna secretly decides that the winner will accompany her when she runs away from home. Meanwhile the gang from school decides that the best way to figure out the shape of fireworks is to view them from the side, and they set out for a lighthouse above the beach from which the fireworks display will be fired. Written by
This movie is a great example for the kind of movie only countries with a long tradition of aesthetics like France or Japan can produce. Without anything spectacular it talks about growing up, the first sparks of love, the wonders of the world... It's rather short, but if you like a simply told story -the kind of movie Hollywood never could produce-, you definitely should give it a try.
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