A truly intimate portrait of a truly individual woman in early 1970s Japan. The experimental filming and certain amateurish touch do reming of Nouvelle Vague, the film itself, however, lacks a solid base. A few scenes and dialogues do stay in ones mind, but it is much more the energetic and patchwork-like persona of the main character which makes this movie interesting. Definitely worth seeing, but once is enough.
I don't know if I'm qualified to review this film as I fell asleep after 15 minutes. When I continued watching after walking up the film didn't make any sense, but I refrained from rewinding as the first 15 minutes didn't make any sense either. I think it was Tom Tykwer who said that films should be personal, but never privat. Well this is as privat as it gets, including some extreme birth giving.
Tough to watch in a revelatory kind of way. The beauty is found in its unprofessional technique as we see people just living and making life-changing decisions and events unfolding before our eyes. Neither pessimistic nor optimistic, just hopeful and raw and real.
"We all think we're special." - Miyuki. The filmmaking - yes. The subject - fascinating. But isn't anyone else bothered by her narcissism? It's one thing to be transgressive and another to be a shitty mother. I would really love to see how these folks' lives turned out.
This film is seamlessly challenging, sad, confusing, and beautiful all at once. I love Miyuki's unabashedness and Hara's bravery as a personal filmmaker. An intimate and honest portrayal, and also a brief window into an alternative and experimental style of living in Okinawa in the mid-70's. Fully engaging.
The least effective of Mubi's series on Hara, this film still features some hard and powerful scenes. It works best when the subject turns back to Hara himself. Unfortunately, I feel the unstable journey of this woman is all too familiar and realistic (that's a good thing).
Oh Hara, I am speechless. And I mean this in a good way. The last half hour was not what I expected, and as all of your films seem to do, I am taken deep into myself for inquiry. Both in regards to the making of my own films, and, importantly, the living of my life. Ultimately, being a father for only 15 months now, I was in awe from the very beginning. There is a control hara reveals that makes this absorbing.