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Elliptical and deliberately paced yet steadily absorbing, I Wish presents a beguiling portrait of childhood that grounds its sweetly nostalgic glow with well-rounded characters and attention to detail.
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The moving and deeply satisfying work of a director who just keeps on getting better.
Every performance works, every character fits, every observation rings true.
What's so remarkable about the happiness the film brings is its simplicity.
Like a train, "I Wish" is slow to build momentum, then it carries us away in a wondrous rush.
You watch it remembering the days when you should have walked but simply had to run, and when you believed that, if you wished hard enough, your dead pet just might come back again.
[The] film is built around performances by two real-life brothers who are as unaffected, spirited and lovable as I can imagine, and one of the pleasures of "I Wish" is simply spending time with them.
Kore-eda has once again cemented his status as one of contemporary Japanese cinema's finest exponents.
It's that innocence, which sooner or later must meet its match, that makes I Wish such a delightfully entertaining film.
The movie's wistful pleasures lie mostly in the wishes of characters young and old.
For a film that has been called lyrical, this is a tough row to hoe. I don't need to go to the movies for a message like that; I can just relive my own childhood.
I Wish is a fine example of a feel-good movie that doesn't look away from the sharper edge of life when it's necessary.
Unique, leisurely subtitled film about parental separation.
A delicate film that relies on the talent and charisma of its young actors and makes us easily relate to their dreams and wishes with a simple but honest story, while Koreeda proves again that he knows quite well how to draw natural performances from children.
This honestly wasn't a thrilling movie for me, though the child actors are all very good and the sights of Japan in the background are beautiful as always.
The story was very slight and its not bad, but it is very long and drags. I may have liked it more if it focused a little more on the adults. Little kid's lives to me are not that interesting to base a whole movie on, but from the ratings, others feel differently.
Probably personally wouldn't have watched if it wasn't set in Japan, so I'll admit it wasn't really one for me from the start.
When a 12-year old Japanese boy hears that if you make a wish at the exact time two bullet trains pass it comes true, he gathers his friends for a trip to the magical spot so he can wish for his broken family to be reunited. Sweet and minor, made with obvious love and care, but my unfulfilled wish was that the film would dump two or three of its meandering subplots and end about 30 minutes sooner.
I'm a sucker for movies about siblings, so I really wanted to see this one.
It's sort of a modern Ozu movie. It has a similar pace and just like some of Ozu's movies, it's about family in a changing society.
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