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A single devastating event intertwines inextricably the lives of an unfortunate teenager, a weary woman with a critical degenerative heart condition and a team of compassionate doctors; all perfect strangers, perfectly interconnected.
The director Fukuda Koji was present at the Toronto International Film Festival, where the film premiered, and revealed that the English title Harmonium was actually suggested to him in France during the editing process for the movie. See more »
This is definitely a movie where you are better off not knowing much ahead of time. I recommend caution in reading reviews of this one.
The focus here is on a family: young daughter, overprotective mom, distant disengaged husband. The husband takes in a mysterious lodger without consulting his wife. That's really all you should know in advance.
If you particularly appreciate a movie that goes in unexpected directions, this film is for you. If you are interested in how relationships change under stress, this film is recommended. It is perhaps a bit long and occasionally a bit repetitive, but it is definitely worth seeing. You'll think about it a lot afterwards.
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