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Radiance remains mired in underwritten relationships that end up less emotionally engaging than they appear, as well as pompous lines much less meaningful than they sound.
A gentle-hearted, quintessentially new-age but fatally cloying new outing from Japan's premier cinematic naturalist Naomi Kawase.
The film moves languidly, pausing interminably on the innumerable close-ups and somehow manages to render a potentially profound take on the urgency for conversation and interaction into maudlin melodrama.
While it never so much as dips its toe into cloying, melodramatic waters, the thoughtful rumination does embrace sentimentality and earnest intentions.
While Ayame Misaki and Masatoshi Nagase deliver sympathetic performances, they can't compete with Kawase's overbearing sense of self-importance.
Radiance perseveres with its gentle optimism despite Nakamori's anger and his gradually worsening vision.
Very little of what I heard and saw seemed profound, but then I also think the movie knew that.
... the best out of [director Naomi Kawase's] ten fiction films. [Full review in Spanish]
[Naomi] Kawase focuses our attention through extreme close-ups, invariably making exquisite use of natural autumnal light as she reminds us of the consequences of sightlessness
What is that message? Acceptance trumps bitter resentment; love beats lonely isolation. Some may call this simplistic, but in Masaya's world even a sliver of light or glimpse of a face are precious. And basics matter more.
It's all set-up and no follow through.
Most of the time it falls into the sentimentality, although it's one of the most successful works of the Japanese filmmaker. [Full review in Spanish]
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