Isabel Prahl’s feature film Different Kinds of Rain deals with the Hikikomori phenomenon and depicts the life of a teenager who has locked himself in – shutting out a helpless father, mother and sister.
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He is there, but not there. Rarely have I seen a movie so skilfully designed around a blank space. The blank, the 18-year-old son who has locked himself in his room, wears down what father, mother and daughter were. Until they reconstitute themselves.