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Shigatsu monogatari

Shunji Iwai Japan, 1998

mithono's rating of the film April Story

The tone of the film invokes a sweet essence well but as a whole, it ends up being saccharine and there's a lack of substance. The struggle that often makes niceness in characters (or the world) stand out isn't really elaborated on and as such there's little that allows its main character to feel real. It languishes in gushy dream-like territory constantly, though I suppose some may appreciate that far more than I.