There's a lot of talk about the "visceral power of film." But Megane takes a step further, manifesting a process whereby the viewer can partake in the characters' peace. As Yuji and Sakura prepare exquisite meals and practice playful exercises on the sand, we, like Taeko, begin to yield to their pace and absorb their benevolence. As all engage in "twilighting," a pastime involving staring into space, we, too, find that our breathing deepens, our gaze relaxes. Watching Megane becomes a meditation.
A soulful journey rife with subtle "aha" moments, Megane is minimalist and quiet but never didactic or serious. Like a good Buddhist teacher, its unexpected humor delights and thaws us. --© Sundance Film Festival
Critic Reviews for Megane
Just because a predictable narrative comes laden with pretty pictures and Zen quirk, that doesn't make its platitudinous ideology any less grating.
Vaguely magical, insistently modern fable that could become an arthouse hit, even a cult fave.
A thoroughly enchanting drama about an up-tight and driven woman who is softened and opened up by the slow and sensuous rhythms of island time and living in the present moment.
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