reminds a little of The Cranes Are Flying, especially with the louder-than-anything-else portrayal of the air raids and the endless searching for the missing, hoped alive, presumed dead, after the conflagration. deeply beautiful film, loved the simple character art over the painted backgrounds. the character poses are so unique here, love how they sorta reference prewar art in some ways. also appreciate the v honest attempt at portraying civilian life under a fascist wartime state, the way that Suzu is…
this feels like it was written as a 40-minute short and then they decided to add an hour for no reason. as such it's kind of a tedious slog to get through, even though the aesthetics are great and the special effects are kinda sick. nevertheless i'm in striking agreement w/ the main message (if your sister starts menstruating too late she'll start raping and killing people and you have to introduce her to heroin so she'll mellow out)
This movie really wants to be Possession, Suspiria, and Eyes Wide Shut all at once. It's none of those things, but feels more like someone took scenes from those and edited them together with a new plot. It would've been more interesting if it actually did that, but instead it aims for homage.
There's other parts of this movie that would feel breathtakingly experimental and daring if it was not obvious that they were completely unintentional. The emotional arc feels…
cld have been more sociological but it's nice enough for what it is, just an attempt to connect w/ these guys (EDIT: + one transfem) who have relatively little going for them in their lives. didn't go deep enough or anything, and i was slightly disappointed in that it didn't explore the subculture in more detail, but hey
i dunno. as for the sociological aspect it's rly good at portraying "another face of the world". the intended thesis is kinda…