Au revoir l'été

  • 125'
  • Japan
  • 2013
Secondary-school student Sakuko accompanies her aunt Mikie on a holiday to a resort town on the coast far from Tokyo. Besides cycling trips and strolls on the beach, Mikie hopes to use the two-week holiday to complete her research project. In the meantime, Sakuko meets Takashi, a refugee from Fukushima who works in the hotel belonging to Ukichi, a friend of Mikie’s sister.
With Au revoir l’été, Fukada Koji wanted to make 'a film in which a scene with only a boy and a girl walking along the coastline is enough to take your breath away. A film without exaggeration, violence and eccentricity'.
With carefully observed scenes, Fukada not only succeeds in perfectly capturing the mood of a languid holiday, he also manages to subtly sketch the psychology of the different characters. In the meantime, he strikes a critical note on nuclear power and the phenomenon of the ‘love hotel’, where elderly businessmen take young girls.
Director
Fukada Koji
Countries of production
Japan, USA
Production Year
2013
Festival Edition
IFFR 2014
Length
125'
Medium
DCP
Original title
Hotori no sakuko
Language
Japanese
Producer
Kiki Sugino
Production Company
Wa Entertainment Inc.
Sales
Wa Entertainment Inc.
Cinematography
Negishi Kenichi
Editor
Fukada Koji
Sound Design
Jo Keita
Music
Jo Keita
Cast
Kiki Sugino, Nikaidô Fumi
Website
http://sakukofilm.com