August in the Water ★★★★★

Ishii does this thing that I don't think anyone else does and I love it so much. He employs a use of shot repetition combined with slow motion to make time feel extremely drawn out and distorted. It creates these moments that evoke the feeling of experiencing every aspect of an event like in a vivid memory. 

I don't know how other people's brains work but it reminds me very much of how I feel when I recall something (usually traumatic) that happened very quickly in real life. The memory becomes slowed down and looped in my brain. It's absolutely astonishing to feel my reality bent similarly through a film.

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