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MONSTER

Kaibutsu | 怪物

Directed by Hirokazu Koreeda
Japan, 2023
Drama, LGBTQ+

Synopsis

After discovering that a teacher is responsible for her young son’s sudden change of behavior, a mother storms into the school demanding to know what’s going on. As the story unfolds through the eyes of the mother, teacher and child, the truth gradually emerges.

Synopsis

After discovering that a teacher is responsible for her young son’s sudden change of behavior, a mother storms into the school demanding to know what’s going on. As the story unfolds through the eyes of the mother, teacher and child, the truth gradually emerges.

Our take

Winner of the Queer Palm and Best Screenplay at Cannes, Hirokazu Kore-eda’s intricately structured drama delves into the fragility of boyhood. Bookended by fires and storms, delicate feelings of anger, confusion, and love swell through an exquisite final score from the late maestro Ryuichi Sakamoto.