Perplexing. A jumble of ideas, that don’t really fit together. The spirit of this film is ugly and angry and the plot is a mess. The performances and world building were intriguing, though.
Apparently this film is very polarizing. I find that really surprising. I would think most people have had something difficult to say to their family before. Maybe it's rarer than I think. I know anyone whose spent time in the closet has shared this sensation. When you have every intention to finally say what you need to say, but you still wait for the perfect moment. Many times the moment never comes. Then someone sees right through you. In this…
Kore-Eda uses his uncanny ability to direct children to examine fatherhood. The outcome is stunning, when parents discover they are raising the wrong child, switched at birth by hospital staff. The emotional struggle to compartmentalize feelings to store them away and re-build the father son relationship confounds the heart and mind alike.