Câinele Japonez (The Japanese Dog)

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In this understated first feature about family reconciliation, Victor Rebengiuc (Forest of the Hanged, Niki and Flo) plays Costache, a man who has lost his wife, his house, and all of his possessions in a flood. The unexpected return of his son, Ticu, from Japan forces the two to learn how to communicate and become a family again. Costache becomes a real grandfather to his 7-year-old grandson, while Ticu rectifies mistakes from his past. Something like a Romanian film as directed by Yasujiro Ozu, this New Directors/New Films 2014 selection is Romania's entry in the upcoming foreign-language Oscar race.


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  • While it lacks the richness of some of Ozu's masterworks, "The Japanese Dog" steers clear of sentimentality - an impressive feat, given that the title somewhat preciously refers to a toy dog.

    May 20, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Director Tudor Cristian Jurgiu demonstrates the same exacting sense of time and space as Puiu, Porumboiu, et al, and the rigorous style ameliorates the sentimentality of the script.

    Sep 18, 2014 | Full Review…
  • This tale might at first appear so negligible as to be non-existent until one sees that life is indeed here, tender and flatline as it most always turns out.

    May 30, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Debuts rarely arrive as composed as this, and "The Japanese Dog" confirms Jurgiu as a notable emerging talent.

    Dec 6, 2014 | Rating: A | Full Review…
  • Jurgiu's film may be described as a Yasujiro Ozu drama done in the Romanian style. If only there was more to distinguish it beyond such extra-textual concerns.

    Mar 13, 2014 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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