Vision ★½

There’s a fine line between beguilingly mysterious and blandly new agey, and to these eyes Kawase’s latest falls on the wrong side of that border. Centering around a French scientist (Juliette Binoche) who travels to a mountainous Japanese forest in search of a fabled spore that only blooms ever 997 years, this self-serious drama exhibits most of Kawase’s worst tendencies. There are arbitrary cuts to nature footage, vague affirmations of unity, and a general malaise that becomes the dominant tone. The very prospect of the film, which promises a reward for all of the waiting, ends up as a disappointment. A voiceover telling us, “You are not alone” feels an inadequate reward for a millennium-old mystery. Also, for a film ostensibly about herb gathering, it’s odd that the characters spend almost the entire movie inside a cabin…