Aki and Nodoka are childhood friends who are drifting apart as adults. Immersed in her family life, Nodoka now has a husband and daughter; Aki, on the other hand, remains single and is on leave from work due to a personal crisis. The plot might sound familiar but it has never been told like this. The director Kusano Natsuka stages the interactions through an actors’ table-read and, as the lines are repeated, the scenes gradually develop into on-location conversations. Moreover, she repositions the dramatic peak of the story to the beginning: Aki has murdered Nodoka's daughter.

Structurally inventive, Kusano's daring cinema implements ‘distantiation’ effects to get to the heart of friendship issues at times when life has settled. While the repetitions convey the suffocation of role patterns in both friendship and family, a line left out or added in unsettles and reminds us life can take unexpected turns.

Screenings

  • Thu 24 Jan Pathé 6
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  • Fri 25 Jan Cinerama 6
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  • Sat 26 Jan Cinerama 4
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  • Sun 27 Jan LantarenVenster 4
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  • Fri 1 Feb Cinerama 2
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Original title
Domains
Filmmaker
Kusano Natsuka
Premiere
World premiere
Country
Japan
Year
2019
Medium
DCP
Length
150’
Language
Japanese
Producer
Echigoya Takashi
Sales
Kusano Natsuka
Writer
Takahashi Tomoyuki
Cinematography
Watanabe Yasutaka
Editor
Suzuo Keita, Kusano Natsuka
Sound Design
Young Chang Hwang
Cast
Shibuya Asami, Kasajima Tomo, Adachi Tomomitsu, Ryu Kenta