Summer vacation has emptied a Japanese boys’ school of all but three boys: the junior Norio & the seniors Kazuhiko & Naoto. They have no families to return to for the summer, so they spend their days in the empty school. A darkness hangs over the three however: the suicide, three months earlier, of classmate Yu. Norio blames Kazuhiko for Yu’s death, because it was well-known that Yu loved Kazuhiko; so Kazuhiko is cruel to Norio, and yet has bad dreams. This uneasy arrangement is exacerbated by the arrival of Kaoru, a student early for the fall – who looks exactly like Yu. —IMDb
there is something odd that film can do - which is hard to pin down - such as open a speculative space, even an erotic space, which is private and open and sacred all at once. I don't understand this film, or the Moto Hagio original, but it is a work of conviction, and craft, and god bless the ship that finds solace in these waters.