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Enigmatic, exotic, erotic: three adjectives commonly bandied about in discussion about Naomi Kawase's films. Not for her latest outing, though.
It's clear that Japanese director Naomi Kawase has poured her heart and soul into every frame of this wishy-washy drama... That makes it all the more depressing that the end results are so resoundingly uninvolving and off-putting.
A soporific drama devoted to thrashing out the meaning of love, life and death.
All the mystical-tree footage in the world can't lift the torpor.
Despite Naomi Kawase's claims prior to the film's world premiere at Cannes, Still the Water is not her masterpiece, and it's uncertain she will ever actually make one.
Still the Water has its shortcomings, but redundancy is not one, and while it may not be profound, it is far from simple.
Kawase's imagery is haunting but oblique, resulting in a film that's beautiful to look at, but a tad baffling.
At times it's too schematic for its own good, but there's a musical quality which harmonises the script's rockier edges, and the use of diegetic song is powerful and engaging.
It's a film that takes an awfully long time to say not very much but, boy, is it beautifully shot.
While the images chosen by the Japanese arthouse director Naomi Kawase are exquisite and arresting, the narrative is a dull, New Age meander.
This Japanese teen love story from Naomi Kawase is mired in emo histrionics and limp drama.
While beautiful, early scenes of shocking violence give way to philosophising and gauche symbolism.
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