The movie is decidedly episodic, a relentless chronicle of miseries that suffers here and there from its ruthlessly telescoped form. (Oharu’s reversals of fortune come so fast and furious that she can barely begin a conversation with a man before he’s revealed to be a thief, a rapist, a swindler, or just another entitled representative of the patriarchy.) But judging OHARU by its narrative beats alone provides an incomplete picture—the deep focus staging pulls most of the emotional weight.
Kyle A. Westphal
January 27, 2017