Love Exposure (2011)
Average Rating: 7.7/10
Reviews Counted: 21
Fresh: 19 | Rotten: 2
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Average Rating: 8/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 1
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Tokyo teen Yu Honda (Takahiro Nishijima) is the traumatized son of a widower-cum-Catholic priest (Atsuro Watabe), who begins a sexual liaison with parishioner Kaori (Makiko Watanabe). When Dad's affair comes to a halt, he begins admonishing his son to confess to so many sins that the 17-year-old takes up new ones to appease his father's increased religious zeal. One "sin" - surreptitiously taking candid photographs of panties worn by female pedestrians - becomes a vocation. Unfortunately, a deal
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Exhibiting astonishing dexterity, Mr. Sono shapes all this trauma into a narrative that's completely coherent and surprisingly touching, never more so than in Yu's struggle toward sexual maturity.
As the old cliche goes, you will not have another moviegoing experience quite like this one all year.
Love Exposure plays like a marathon greatest-hits-and-misses mixtape. If you see only one Sono film, check out this flick; you will have then seen them all.
A swooning, often riotously funny melodrama charged with a refreshingly perverse undertow.
Clocking in at 237 minutes, Sino's film possesses a rambling, free-associative structure.
Manga-indebted but without lens trickery, this is exhilarating cinema experience.
This four-hour opus about the fury of love and the love of fury is ritually fascinating, often excessive and, with a caution the film wields like a blade, achingly poignant.
The more you can let this amazing, unbelievable film overwhelm you, the better.
Love Exposure is, in a sense, Shion Sono's equivalent of the Great Russian novel.
Complicated and long but deftly handled adventure/caper/satire that ends up being thoroughly entertaining.
Ambitious, inventive and endlessly arresting, Sion Sono's epic romance is a vibrant rite of passage, guiding us through a world of repression, hypocrisy and delusion towards true love.
It's as mad as a box of frogs, but a strain of melancholy romance adds emotional backbone to the gags, gore and kung fu.
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