Pretty sure this is some Lacanian allegory that I’m too dumb to understand, but it is also extremely depressive and psychedelic and Jennifer Jason Leigh is in it, which are like the only three criteria by which I judge any film, so it rules.
There are two scenes in Kogonada’s visually rich and quietly stirring debut feature, Columbus, that I identify with more than any scene from any other film in 2017 (with the possible exception of Rooney Mara eating an entire pie in A Ghost Story). The first scene is one in which it is revealed that John Cho’s character once confessed his undying love to Parker Posey’s character when he was 17 years old. Same here.
The second scene requires a bit of backstory.
(That's right. You didn't know your boy was a proper librarian, did you?)