Four thirtysomething women in the misty seaside city of Kobe, Japan navigate the unsteady currents of their work, domestic, and romantic lives. A sudden, unexpected rift opens that propels each to a new, richer understanding of life and love.
Don’t balk at the run-time: this is worth it. Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s compassionate drama of four thirty-something women offers rare emotional and psychological intimacy in its group portrait of these friends. Its ambitious and immersive storytelling make it one of the best-kept secrets of 2010s cinema.
Michelangelo Antonioni, 1957, Italy
Luis Buñuel, 1930, France
Takeshi Kitano, 1996, Japan
Jia Zhangke, 1997, China
Erick Zonca, 2008, France
Johnnie To, 2008, Hong Kong
Götz Spielmann, 2008, Austria
Wong Kar Wai, 2004, Hong Kong
Vincent Paronnaud,Marjane Satrapi, 2007, France
Michael Haneke, 2001, Austria