Wife of a Spy

Wife of a Spy ★★★★½

Really interesting how the digital filmmaking here sits in contrast to its use of classical techniques (i.e. blocking, backlights, very set bound). It's a tension wherein the digital textures re-inforce and -double the whole theme of the constructed nature of images and identity. Everybody's caught up in and pushing against another's story (e.g. the nation's, the military's, a spy's, a wife's). Of course, the real centre of this is Satoko and Yusaka's mutual efforts to insert or remove her from the film's titular identity, while the film and the films that this film is about and the films inside this film have always-already told us Satoko can't play if she doesn't know the real stakes of the game and the extent of the deception it entails. Profound stuff. Obvious Vertigo vibes that eventually give way to A Page of Madness.

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