All About Lily Chou-Chou (Riri Shushu no subete) (2002)
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Wildly popular filmmaker Shunji Iwai breaks a three-year hiatus following his less than successful April Story with this elliptical drama about teenaged alienation, violence, and celebrity. The film centers on Yuichi Hasumi (Hayato Ichihara), an eighth grader who lives in a sleepy town in rural Japan with his mother, her boyfriend, and the boyfriend's son. At school he is beaten up and harassed by his former friend Hoshino. In order to scrape up the cash to meet Hoshino's daily extortion demand,
Jul 12, 2002 Wide
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For all of its insights into the dream world of teen life, and its electronic expression through cyber culture, the film gives no quarter to anyone seeking to pull a cohesive story out of its 2 1/2-hour running time.
This movie is maddening. It conveys a simple message in a visual style that is willfully overwrought.
Once you get into its rhythm ... the movie becomes a heady experience.
While the story's undeniably hard to follow, Iwai's gorgeous visuals seduce.
Bravura, ambitious and profoundly disturbing. It is also a daunting, demanding experience, one whose complex structure makes it a challenge to track despite literate subtitles.
It is remarkable not for its flamboyance but for its stark honesty, captivating visual flair, and a style of filmmaking that differs from anything on this side of the Pacific.
The gutsy film didn't help itself by making it so difficult to follow the story and by being so morose.
One thing is for sure: This movie does not tell you a whole lot about Lily Chou-Chou.
I'm not sure All About Lily Chou-Chou made sense in my head, but it made sense in my heart.
Confusion is one of my least favourite emotions, especially when I have to put up with 146 minutes of it.
A difficult, absorbing film that manages to convey more substance despite its repetitions and inconsistencies than do most films than are far more pointed and clear.
... captures the pain and desperation of adolescent powerlessness and humiliation with powerful intimacy...
At an indulgent two and a half hours, the film plays like a poetry reading that drags on too long.
While this has the making of melodrama, the filmmaker cuts against this natural grain, producing a work that's more interested in asking questions than in answering them.
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