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Not even gay dads can salvage this misguided trendification of a holiday that's already way too damn trendy. In the bad way.
The only way this movie could be worse is if it had Sean Penn in it.
I have seen this only once, in the theatre, in 1999. I remember leaving the theatre feeling elated - it was perhaps the first time I had seen a film so layered and mature. Thus began my love affair with the works of John Sayles. I love the two leads here, especially David Strathairn, and Kris Kristofferson has a great supporting role.
Granted, this is not a very exciting movie. But as with all the best of Sayles's films, the environment in which the film is set plays just as big a role as any of the actors. Rather than having a lot of plot points, he slowly reveals the backstory, drawing you in closer and closer to the characters, despite the minimalist storyline.
This is a frigid, desperate film, slow but taut. The ending is also magnificent - it may feel abrupt considering how long it takes to get there, but this is Sayles's master stroke; anyone with an appreciation of the short stories of Frank Stockton should like this one.
I don't get it. This movie is supposed to be terrifying. I guess you had to see it 30 years ago ...
There was one moment where through a trick of the audio I thought you could hear someone else in the same house as the protagonist ... but I wasn't even watching in stereo, though, so that was probably a fluke.
This is one of the most interesting and touching gay love stories I've ever seen. It's a singular film within the anime genre.
The style is unlike other anime, for one thing ... the camera is a dynamic observer, for another - Tekkonkinkreet really pushes the envelope as far as using a moving POV in hand-drawn animation. The backgrounds are beautifully painted, with an almost overwhelming level of detail.
The story is peculiar; there's a lot of elements which have a vaguely familiar ring to them - yakuza, fighting on a train, whatever - but they're shown in a fresh light. It's also surprisingly bleak at points, can be challenging for the viewer, and relies very heavily on a central relationship that is pretty unorthodox for anime.
I suppose a lot of people will take exception to my saying it's a gay love story, but replace either one of the boys with a girl and you wouldn't be able to call it anything BUT a love story. If that's not young love, then what is? The background details mirror the foreground actions through the entire film (a lot of very nice touches, actually) and the climactic scene features a very prominent "Ben & Joe" in the background, which to me says it all. Some people will try to tell you they're brothers, but then why didn't they mention it? And why are they so in love with each other?
I highly recommend this one to lovers of anime (or animation in general), lovers of surrealism, and lovers of un-heteronormative action films.