Children of the Beehive

Children of the Beehive ★★★★½

A country in ruins, physical and emotionally and the kids that play act through it. As manipulative as one might expect from such material, but who cares? Shimizu is a master at small well observed moments and he is great with the kids. There's a light touch to his approach even as material becomes harsher. A great landscape film as well and much like in his 30s masterpieces, Shimizu has a feeling for how body relates to space that is rare.

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