They treat Lena like a hostile witness until she finishes telling her story. Haha, made you look! The film lied to us for dramatic effect. Don't like that. Jennifer Jason Leigh should have retired long ago. The iTunes Visualizer stuff at the lighthouse was cute for a couple minutes. Cheap movie. Bad writing. A seedling of an idea.
There is no vanity in this film. It's all bare naked emotion and gorgeous photography. The whole thing is more like a painting than a narrative film. The camera hardly moves. People don't say much and plot isn't really part of the equation. Despair and inconsolable suffering are clearly shown. Koreeda's passion is exploring light and color and composition, and in exploring the themes of loss, death, and the nature of the soul. Yes, that's a polite way of saying…