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Critic Reviews for Himizu
[Mr. Sono] gives the film a harrowing cacophony and a sense of trauma with sound effects, including subtle echoes.
Occasionally heavy-handed in the delivery of its ideas, but also a refreshingly sensitive character study.
Much of the film's impact stems from a pair of remarkable lead performances.
Despite the almost nonstop drumbeat of human cruelty, there's a surprising core of sweetness to Himizu...This is a movie that uses hopelessness as a way to explore hope.
Audience Reviews for Himizu
One of my increasingly favourite directors, Sion Sono, delivers this bizarre but heartfelt look at two adolescents struggling with what life has to offer them. Sumida must look after his family's boathouse after his parents leave. Now and again his drunk father returns to remind him that he would have been better of if Sumida had died, then he could have obtained the insurance. It's that kind of film. Sure, it's predominantly wrapped up in darkness, but there is heart and beauty also to be found. Sumida is reluctant to let anyone in, and only wishes for a 'normal' future. A series of events lead to stabbings, yakuza, rock collecting, and fighting a nazi. It's a strange film, but the strangest thing of all is how real it all feels. Set against the backdrop of the aftermath of the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, the film has a distant feel but gradually lets you in and enjoy the characters. Certainly more than your average film.
Filmed more naturalistically than the other Sion Sono films I've seen. Still very weird. The character motivations and emotions always don't make much sense, but still an interesting movie. It gets better in its second half. The main problem I had with it was Sumida hitting Keiko several times, almost casually, and the movie seems to almost treat it as endearing and not terrible like it is. Perhaps I'm missing the director's intent through the cultural prism, but I feel like the movie is all too accepting of it. It made me unable to feel much for Sumida as the film went on. And it also made me wonder why Keiko, an interesting character, would just blankly accept it (even if she was infatuated with him).
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