After failing her university entrance exam, Sakuko is invited by her aunt Mikie to spend summer vacation in a beautiful seaside town. Sakuko gets to know the people of the town, including Takashi, a shy relative of her childhood friend.
The film follows the follies that ensue when a man and his wife shack up with a family that owns a printing press in their building, the husband takes it over, and the couple begin inviting a motley crew of friends.
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The director Fukuda Koji was available for a Q&A following the film's premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and stated that even if he is unsure about the logic of the ending and what would happen next. See more »
A very interesting original screenplay written by a director.
A new perspective of crime and punishment. A grey perspective. Definitely one of the most interesting films I have watched in 2017 though the direction is not outstanding. Deserving of the Jury Prize in the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes.
Good performances and symbolism (Lady-Macbeth-like washing of hands, white bedsheets and ghost images).
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