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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…
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…
Yuki: ''No, I'm gonna meet mommy at the station.''
Kyoko: ''She's not coming home today.''
Yuki: ''I'm sure she's coming home today.''
A fully realised vision of the resilience of children over the course of a year based on the 'Sugamo child-abandonment incident' from the late 1980's, in which a mother of four children to two different father's abandons them as she flits around like a sexual butterfly, sending them money intermittently to prove she 'cares'. Hirokazu Kore-eda proves once again the breadth of his talent as a storyteller by immersing us into the world of a quartet of children whose mother is a selfish cunt, and he does so with such a light touch and restraint from heavy-handed melodrama,…
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.
Director: Hirokazu Koreeda (Second Film)
Nobody Knows is a film based on true events; true events which are far more heartbreaking and disturbing than anything that happens here, but this film is every bit as heartbreaking because Koreeda presents it in a way that makes it all seem okay: as if they're getting by but slowly, and subtly the lights start to go out, the water stops running and their money starts to clatter as notes become coins and hope becomes a mere slither of a mother's dress.
This isn't a film that relies on startling moments of depredation but on the closeness of everything; the tightness of everything within the closely knit group of children abandoned by…
"I'm not allowed to be happy?''
How can your own flesh and blood say that???
Koreeda channels Ozu aka the Master of Simplicity and pays tribute to Hitchcock in a slow burn thriller sequence which had me in knots...Had this been in the hands of another director it would have turned into loud and cliched consequences but instead it becomes a restraint,effective and thoughtful experience. Well deserved winner of Best Actor at Cannes.
Hirozuki Koreeda draws inspiration from critically acclaimed director of Tokyo Story (sometimes said as the greatest film ever made...), Yasujiro Ozu who is known by his simplistic style and portrayal of Japanese family. Indeed, Koreeda delivers Nobody Knows with intense simplicity, precise details and raw emotions.
Inspired by true events (although fictionalized a little bit) by the Sugamo Child Abandonment Case, Koreeda presents an euphemized, less grim telling of the true events. It's a melodrama that's not depicted as a melodrama but carries the same intense and impact. I absolutely loved this film from the start to finish. Koreeda channels a contemplative style where details, time and dialogue drives the storytelling forward through its characters' actions. He maximizes the potential…
Ein Film über: Verantwortung,Traurigkeit, Egoismus, Gruppenzwang, Pubertät, Aufopferung,Selbstverantwortung, Verlust, Angst, Isolation, Das japanische Schulsystem, Erziehung und Liebe. Unterlegt von einer stätigen Melancholie.
One of the saddest films I've ever seen, it took me several years to work up the strength to revisit it but it has such power that I couldn't resist returning to a story that - for various reasons - is even harder to take the second time around, with the awful knowledge of what's to come looming ahead.
The decision to shoot the film over a long period of time allows the children to age realistically as the film's time passes, and Akira's voice breaks. The slow transition from child to teenager has never been so heartbreaking.
My favourite Koreeda movie. Absolutely heartbreaking to watch. Features an astonishing and one of the best performance i have seen by a child actor.
This is just heartbreaking. Very upsetting and left me rather depressed.
Truly a devestating, heartbreaking story. 4 kids get left alone by their mother, the oldest, 12 year old Akira is pretty much the caretaker of his siblings but when the money his mother leaves him runs out, things go from bad to worse. The acting in this by the 4 kids is incredible, the film is beautifullly shot but my main problem with the film was that was too long thus dragging the film to a slow crawl at times. i do want to check out more of the Koreeda's films now after watching this.
If you want to hate your life, watch this film. How the fuck can anybody do that to their own children?!
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