The beautiful and supremely gifted Okada stars in her husband Yoshida’s film, an absolutely sublime minimalist melodrama which is beautifully photographed with faultless widescreen compositions and graced by a memorable looped music theme. Played out in appropriately chilly wintry locations, this is a brooding and icy masterpiece which makes an interesting companion piece to the director's earlier Woman Of The Lake..
The closest Yoshida gets to "cute". A lot of people seem to think this film is made up of "abstract characters in minimalist situations". I actually think the characters are conventional, it's the situations that are abstract. That's what we learn from most Yoshida films, even those that are "normal" can reach levels of psychological disarray, if only placed in the right conditions.