Movies like this are why I love MUBI. I will race to see anything that either of the Ando sisters—Momoku directing, Sakura starring—do in the future. A wonderful, uplifting, very funny story, nonetheless suffused with everyday tragedy. As Sawa, Sakura is nothing short of remarkable, empathetic, fierce, funny, sweet. Her journey and meetings with unremarkable but very real souls is a beautiful thing to watch.
I was sure what I was expecting to happen with this film, but it was not this. It is polished and methodical, but I was left in a daze watching it. I will need time to process it more, but my immediate reaction to the film leaves me befuddled. This may be something that will take a revisit before I can have a more positive reaction. For now, it did not work for me.
The kind of film you'll need to watch more than once to pick up on the subtle nuances behind the main action. At more than 3hrs, I never felt the story was dragging. Fun use of handheld camera, composition, soft focus/action moving in/out of focus. A true work of art. Make it through the strange opening 20min and it starts to make sense. Bravo.
i started to type about the constants in this movie (the car, red dress, cooking, etc), and how they reassure/anchor, in a story about a girl who's essentially a nomad, and that review got heavy-handed and exceeded the limit... so i'll just say this: 0.5mm is gorgeous, and i could write a book about it.