Love Exposure ★★★★½

Careful, Oblivious and Bold. As a noted cynic of coming-of-age narratives (call it lingering feelings from an 10th grade forced reading of Catcher in the Rye), I had some unsteady feelings coming into Love Exposure. Doubts were totally unnecessary- Sono totally nails the balance* between earnest sentimentality and out-and-out absurdity he seems to be always shooting for without going too far over the top (like he does in the still-incredible, still earnest and emotional Tokyo Tribe) or throwing in some twists that get rid of the pathos (like in Tag). The least tiring 4 hours I can imagine. What a way to end the year. Even if I wasn't already, this'd cinch it- I'm a Sonophile for life.

*"balance" meaning a wild flailing between all possible extremes, this being a Sion Sono flick.

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