Norwegian Wood (2012)
Average Rating: 6.5/10
Reviews Counted: 61
Fresh: 45 | Rotten: 16
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Average Rating: 6.6/10
Critic Reviews: 21
Fresh: 14 | Rotten: 7
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Tokyo, the late 1960s...Students around the world are uniting to overthrow the establishment and Toru Watanabe's personal life is similarly in tumult. At heart, he is deeply devoted to his first love, Naoko, a beautiful and introspective young woman. But their complex bond has been forged by the tragic death of their best friend years before. Watanabe lives with the influence of death everywhere. That is, until Midori, a girl who is everything that Naoko is not - outgoing, vivacious, supremely
Jan 6, 2012 Limited
May 15, 2012
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The acting in the film is key. Every moment by Ken'ichi Matsuyama as Watanabe and Rinko Kikuchi as Naoko is valid yet seems distilled by memory rather than presented raw.
We cover years at a bound, but when we light, we tend to spend long, lingering moments through the camera's loving eye. This is a beautiful film to see.
It becomes a film that, like its characters, remains elusive in its motivations and therefore detached from its audience.
Like its source material from Haruki Murakami, this is a beautiful film that exquisitely captures grief and sadness, and unsurprisingly, it probably won't help you if you're suffering from seasonal affective disorder.
Director Tran Anh Hung would much rather show than tell but he never wants to brag about what he's showing.
... suffused in melancholia, with imagery as delicate as the lives it presents and atmospheres so fragile they look like they'd shatter under too much emotional pressure.
Like an old memory that never loses its hold, "Norwegian Wood" stays with you.
As melancholy and fragile and at times even as lovely as the John Lennon composition from which it borrows its name...
It doesn't hit you head on so much as seep into you, and its effects linger.
It's most likely to appeal to fans of the Haruki Murakami novel on which it's based, and they're the least likely to enjoy it.
The mood is downbeat and the characters are slow to warm to the audience, yet Hung creates some visually striking imagery.
The juxtaposing of nature and three young lovers make this film a feast for the eyes and the heart.
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