Teenage angst takes a dark and dangerous turn in writer/director Shunji Iwai’s powerful drama about alienated high schooler Yuichi, whose online devotion to pop singer Lily Chou-Chou offers a refuge from a world filled with bullying, alienation and crime.
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Narrative linearity is of secondary concern to Iwai. This film is a canvas, and its exposition is a marvel. Like 'Upstream Color', just go with it - mood trumps structure, and the aesthetic is astonishing. 'All About Lily Chou-Chou' is less of a story and more of an experience. If are you going to deconstruct semantically, it's an amiable analysis of naive pop fanbases and the romanticist, illusory world they create.
I really wanted to like this one but I just couldn't bring myself to do so because of the repetitive structure had me wishing for better possibilities of the movie. But good ideas are there and the visual flair is sweet. Bjork and tall grass is always nice.
I have a strange obsession with Shunji Iwai. This, Love Letter, and Swallowtail are all some of my favorite films to come out of Japan.
Probably one of the only good teen angst films out there as well.