And the finish...so Japanese.
I put 4 stars due to the production costs; nice exteriors, houses decoration and a bit of acting, but better to avoid it
The camera work is just evident and the overall feeling is of a TV movie.
-One of the things that the director is showing is the fact that communication is everything in a relationship so if you cannot stand some situations for one reason or another, would be very difficult to carry on with a successful marriage. The point of views are based on four examples of a marriage in the different stages of life. The strange behavior of the main wife is based on what she found as a fortress to manage the death of her Mother when she was a child and to bring some better moments to her Father in those difficult days. Kind of a refuge constructed on great Literature of the XIX century. All these relationships are between people that tried hard to keep on going but at some point is not up to you only; may be the destiny and dead is working against one of the parts involved too. The firsts half an hour is somewhat bland then the rest grows slowly but consistent so if you pass that and dive around some subtleties you would finish with something that provides hope. No doubt that all we need another person at our sides but many times this is not available for any body or is a harsh road. We as human beings struggle all our life with some type of relation, losing the energy, stressing out us then we are dead...is evident that we do not like to live alone all our life.
-The colors palette have neutral colors the music is minimum but concise. The camera angles in some scenes are very good, also some shoots are like "distant" but not ethereal or gloomy. The acting is very natural and precise.
Is like most Japanese modern films, two hours long but let it roll, you will not regret it.
What about Karma? What about to try to be a better person but somehow the planets do not align? How about to be an outsider in a society that does not open doors to you? How about to have been alone little by little? How about cruelty?
These and many more is what you ll find in this film; but all very smooth and with the right pace, not pretending to be more of what really is. Plus Blowing in the wind by Dylan as a lei motiv.
Hope you like it!
-Very good intended palette of colors, due to the problems that are on the table. Bang acting is perfect. The girls surprise me with their acting; very good for their ages. There are many subtle things expressed or showed in the faces and manners that are pretty good and is like to have a mirror of us. -This is not wasted time; good film.
-Acting is just ok; color palette is Blueish/Grey that is right for the story but camera quality/contrast look TV movie. Too long for what is intended to show.
The plot has interesting resource between the camera, the actors pose/s and the potential dialogue; that become in what a person really thinks or what they really want to do but avoid due to the circumstances.
-I think there s % of improvisation in the Sato Jiro s performing.
-I want to add a different point of view:
We are seeing different kind of situations and persons. Not all the rich and educated guys are good and not all the not so rich are good too. Very good showing of what a Human being can do to reach his/her desires.
You have the mentally ill characters; the climbers; the "normal" people; the cheats; the lies and liars.
-Is a sordid plot but not oppressive to watch it; it has plenty of "air" and exterior shoots to keep watching.
..why he decides to investigate about this crime again? One year after...may be he had all planned...may be it is his catharsis?
Incredible also, no matter what to do or not the perception of others is what counts in the end...
All that occur in a lovely little vacation town besides the Sea.