Ritual

Ritual ★★★

Anno's art direction here is vividly honest - presenting lovely shot compositions and beautiful pianistic melodies to fit the aesthetics that contrast the darker themes at the film's core. It is an exploration of emotional introspection that illustrates escapism amidst a sea of melancholy, where our disillusioned protagonists find solace in one another while hiding away from their reality. Together they break out of a dreary existence shackled by loneliness - the perfect encapsulation of finding freedom with the only other person in the world who truly understands you.

I only wish the ending did more for me.

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