With Cannes 2014 only six weeks away , I thought I'd put together a list. I didn't realise how ridiculously…
In Tokyo, the reckless single mother Keiko moves to a small apartment with her twelve years old son Akira Fukushima and hidden in the luggage, his siblings Kyoko, Shigeru and Yuki. The children have different fathers and do not have schooling, but they have a happy life with their mother. When Keiko finds a new boyfriend, she leaves the children alone, giving some money to Akira and assigning him to take care of his siblings. When the money finishes, Akira manages to find means to survive with the youngsters without power supply, gas or water at home, and with the landlord asking for the rental.
A heartbreaking tale of abandonment and survival, Nobody Knows takes a more extreme view on the mistreatment of children; but it's one that remains grounded in reality, showing how neglect can take away a childhood in an instant and replace it with experiences that no child should be subjected to.
Nobody Knows opens with the family in question moving into a new apartment. Only the mother and Akira, the protagonist, are known about by the other residents and only Akira is allowed outside. Even though the mother acts irresponsible, having had the four children via four different men and not allowing them to go to school, the family are content and happy as they are shown eating dinner and playing…
Damn you, Hirokazu Koreeda, for making this film. Now I won't be able to get these absolutely heartbreaking scenes out of my mind.
No... I'm not really «damning» the director. He's made a tremendous film. The way he handled the children is almost beyond comparison, I think its some of the best child performances I have ever seen. Koreeda also manages to show us the small moments of joy that children are able to experience even in the darkest of situations.
What really worries me is that a real-life incident in Tokyo inspired Koreeda to make this film. I guess reality is more cruel than fiction - few could have invented this story.
To make something so beautiful, so tender out of something so tragic and heartbreaking takes a real skill. Hirokazu Koreeda has perfected it.
Not since Elephant Man has a film had this much of an emotional effect on me, it actually made me feel quite sick in my stomach in the last half hour and in the last 15 minutes or so I realised I was holding my breath.
The young actors have left me gobsmacked at how flawlessly they performed, they say very little but their every action makes you empathise with them that little bit more. Akira's scenes when he remembered how to behave like a child again were particularly touching but when the sucker punch comes, the…
My heart is broken into a million little pieces. Nobody Knows is the saddest film I've ever seen. It's about how the worst mother in the world abandons the four children she attempts to hide from society. She decides to abandon them in order to get married to some random guy. The oldest of the four at age 12, named Akira, has to assume responsibility of his younger siblings and find a way to care for them despite their severe lack of resources and agency. He doesn't want to seek help from the authorities because he doesn't want them to be split up like they were at some…
Hirokazu Koreeda, modern Japanese master, has made another great film and this time it's based on a true story which happened in Japan in 1988. It's a sad story about the life of four children, abandoned by their mother. It's not entirely hopeless even though it's very depressing, rough and sad. Koreeda tells this story quietly and gives us all the time we need to get to know the characters who are facing this difficult situation.
It's a story about growing up but at the same time it tells us how much children need their parents - children need to be children before they can grow up. Childhood is only small part of life so if that's wasted, life will…
Dead letters from underground in the developed urban jungle.
Nobody Knows for the first half functions as a loving ode to a certain family unit: the large single-parent family. Particularly those where the single mother is often absent, and the children have different fathers. This is a very special and important film for people who grew up in such a family unit, and they might connect with this very deeply.
But as Nobody Knows goes along, and the mother's absence starts to stretch to several months, finances crumble and the unit collapses as it starts to engage with the outside world. Nobody Knows goes from a tough childhood film into a Haneke-style horror film. During a certain tragic sequence late…
Great characters and cinematography, this film delved into a great many themes from which it extracted a great many truths. The dead girl ending felt a bit tacked on, but was still masterfully executed, as was the rest of the film. Loved this.
Hirokazu Koreeda will stop your heart and remember to break it - not by manufacturing fictitious drama but by opening your eyes to a real tragedy case. When a mother abandons her four children in a small apartment to seek out male companionship, she leaves her oldest son in charge of meals, electric and water bills and the overall well being of the household siblings. You can't make these true stories up, you just can't.
As innocence is lost, the gradual journey into adulthood and the responsibilities come all too soon to young Akira (flawlessly played by child actor Yuya Yagira). He's quiet and determined to take care of his siblings and there are shattering moments when normal childhood catches…
Beautiful but heart-wrenching film, loosely based on a true story of an irresponsible mother who abandons her four children to fend for themselves. Beautiful because of the way it's made... the kids are portrayed with quiet dignity and closeup vignettes of their lives ... a tiny bit of crayon, a few coins on the table, a plant on the balcony. a small toy. In that respect it reminds me a bit of Scent of Green Papaya, but it's a bit rougher around the edges with a distinct indie feel. Interesting in that it was filmed chronologically and in real time over the course of a year. In the end though, it's all about the kids and how they pull at your heart. Unforgettable.
Realistic, sad, and dark. Kids who are still clueless-to-the-world and need of protection, left irresponsibly by their bitch-ass mother (oh, how i want to slap her in the face), and the eldest one, tries his best to be as responsible as he could, even though he's still has a childish side that can't be hold back, which is fully understandable cos he's just a 12 yr old boy. Geez, this movie squeezed my heart in a gloomy way. Knowing this is based on true story makes me feel more stomachache.
Nobody Knows tells the tale of four children (aged from 12 to 5) who are left to look after themselves when their mother abandons them. The film is based on a real life incident which took place in Tokyo in 1988.
Director Kore-eda shoots the film in a very naturalistic, almost documentary style. Despite the grim circumstances of the story the film captures well the beauty and wonder of children at play and shows the strong bond between the siblings as they look after each other and get by. The music by acoustic guitar duo Gontiti is beautiful and adds to the childlike POV rather than intruding in on the naturalistic style.
The child actors are the focus of the…
it did hurt me :(
A really fantastic but bleak movie. It will ruin your day but I loved it. Reminded me a lot of Grave of the Fireflies, just in a different setting.
Fucking heart-wrenching. A particular sequence in this movie makes my whole body shiver with sadness.
Probably the best child acting I've ever seen, before too long I wasn't even aware of any acting, per se. The story's similarities to "Grave of the Fireflies" of this kind of thing being a long-lived trope in Japanese drama, but it's based on a true story. Long after I've forgotten what exactly the ending was, many of the images and moods still haunt me.
- Clouds of Sils Maria
- Goodbye to Language
- The Homesman
- The Forgotten
- Love Me If You Dare
- A Saintly Switch
- Nothing Personal
- The Gods Must Be Crazy
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My six hundred favorite films (1940-2014).