It's insane that something as basic to human existence as the right to happiness is still not allowed to everyone in this day and age. Not enough is said about how raising children with distorted concepts and making them suffer simply for being different is not just wrong or toxic, it’s criminal and can - and does - have cruel consequences for their lives.
This story is told in a surprising and beautiful way in the best Rashomon style. Even though I liked Perfect Days, imo Monster should’ve been the Japanese selection to compete for the Academy Award. I absolutely loved everything about it.