I enjoyed a lot here. The cinematography especially; forest landscapes enchantingly captured by a gliding lens, kneaded with hypnotic cross dissolves. The tonal shift was unexpected and fun, and I'd join the Maika Monroe fan club at the drop of a hat. But it is clumsy in areas and feels decidedly small—almost derivative—riffing on concepts you've seen elsewhere, not quite carving out it's own niche in a way that is notable. I wish the central themes were more fleshed out.
"Do you wish you had never found a heart?"
"I don't know, but... It hurts."
This film has some truly bewitching exchanges. Some of the dialogue, and much of Bae Doona's monologue, is so terrifically concocted and expressed. Couple this with the composition—the delicate camera work and Koreeda's knack for timing, knowing precisely when to linger—and it creates a profoundly poignant and strangely mesmeric account on loneliness and companionship.
Even then, the score adds yet another layer. It fluctuates between…
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I find Shunji Iwai to be one of the most interesting contemporary directors around and always go into his films with a sense of excitement and wonder. He employs a very distinct style — creating a somewhat diaphanous quality through his use of muted colours and soft focus, with a large emphasis on observation and tone with less a reliance on dialogue. Undo is very much an Iwai movie, but I wasn’t as drawn in as I have been with…