Wednesday, June 18, 2008

REC 60%: Tennen Kokekko [A Gentle Breeze in the Village - 2007]

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Regizor: Nobuhiro Yamashita [Linda, Linda, Linda]

Eighth-grader Soyo lives in a very small rural village of Japan where the primary and middle school share a building for all of 6 students. They spend a happy childhood together playing around the village. Osawa, a boy from Tokyo, transfers to this school. Soyo and Osawa exchange their first kiss through a small incident and naturally become a couple. Adults have their problems but for children, the festival in summer, hair styles, and the ghost tale about a woman who died on the beach are far more important. There is no glamour but the time of purity passes never to be forgotten. After his previous film The Matsugane Potshot Affair, Nobuhiro Yamashita comes back with a peaceful and warm film.

NOTE: a very good for-all-the-family-like movie to watch with, full of calmness, beautiful images, nostalgia for childhood and a very simple realistic plot. I gave it 60% because I found this movie TOO calm. I don't know, maybe it's just me, but I waited all along this movie for something to really happen, but it didn't. Everything is very silent, the motion of characters, the way life goes by in the set of the village, nothing disturbing this high quietness. If you're into all of these characteristics than go for it ;).

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