Even though I consider this to be a mediocre film, Its one of my all time favorites. I love how the cinematography compliments the theme of the film. I felt like I was watching the characters from the point of view of a piece of furniture, which I found profoundly artistic and coherent to the story.
Elegiac and stately. Honest and courageous. In the new millennium of the zeitgeist's scream, intimate, minimalist, and spiritual films like this will be the ultimate light on the cave wall. A remarkable "poem" for the screen. I only wish so-called "political" and "well-intentioned" films could be this absorbing, mesmerizing, and haunting. These are the masterpieces of our time.
This movie (and Murakami's short story, of course) explores the difference between despair and grief. The range and depth of emotions displayed is something we have to pause to fully appreciate and the slow pace of the movie allows us to do just that. It feels like meditating and in spite of everything, one feels good after watching it.
A movie based on Murakami's statement and with Sakamoto's music, justifies interest. I like Murakami, but that I distinguish cinema and literature, trying always to drift apart from the relation between both and not create images which the representation of one me evokes to other one. Anyway, I think it is a great movie that possesses sensibility and simplicity the life of a man from the most intimate of him.