Boy ★★★★

Reminiscent of Kore-eda’s Shoplifters (well, technically that film is reminiscent of this one). Gotta head across town, but need to make a note of how Oshima uses the entire frame to explore the emotional depths of a story. Although the actions, consequences, and outbursts of the adults dominate the frame, what really matters here is what lies on the periphery—the voiceless children whose inner lives are affected, and perhaps illustrated, by all of this turmoil. Their only friends are ones that can never quite talk back: empty rooms, empty shores and each other. Undying fealty becomes grounds for heartbreak, and a single sentence captures the youth and innocence lost to it.