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261 Ratings


Directed by Shin'ya Tsukamoto
Japan, 2011


The story of a single mother who suffers from double vision; caring for her baby is a nerve- wrecking task that eventually leads her to a nervous breakdown. She is suspected of being a child abuser when things get out of control and her baby is taken away.

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Kotoko Directed by Shin'ya Tsukamoto

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  • Henri de Corinth's rating of the film Kotoko

    Motherhood as an endless abject experience. Tsukamoto uses the grammar of exploitation films to turn our worst thoughts and fears into experiences of genuine terror and sorrow. Definitely one of his best along with A Snake of June and Gemini.

  • Mehdi Jahan's rating of the film Kotoko

    This might just be Tsukamoto's most sad,depressing,heart wrenching and beautiful film yet, with all his characteristic bizarreness intact ! an unsettling and delectably absurd allegory on a mother's love for her child and the maddening extent to which this sense of love,protection,care and the resultant possessiveness can manifest ! an absorbing watch !

  • Nicholas Gregory's rating of the film Kotoko

    It starts out as the only film by Tsukamoto that I truly love. It may not be unconditional love, as there's still indulgence here, but it's not of passivity, but rather with strong, emotional and dramatic scenes that linger a bit too past the point of succinct affection. Then bad plot turns come in the second half and Kotoko turns into a combination of dull psychological formula and head-scratching experimentation.

  • the_mentaculus's rating of the film Kotoko

    The most alarming film I've seen since 'Secret Sunshine', and probably just as profound. Tsukamoto finds a few fresh buttons to push I didn't know I had. To say this deals simply with horror of the body, or the fear of responsibility, or horror for the future, would be an injustice to the full experience. I felt the boundaries of film technique being pushed just so slightly outward. Masterful, radical stuff.

  • Nikyatu's rating of the film Kotoko

    One of the most viscerally mesmerizing films exploring a Woman's fractured relationship with motherhood I've ever seen. Cocco was a brilliant lead with a seamlessly heart-wrenching performance that never allowed me to avert my gaze.

  • Constance Bennett's rating of the film Kotoko

    A candy coloured nightmare. Disturbing, relentless, unnerving and utterly horrifying. The kalaidoscopic colours simply heighten the endless nightmare. One of the most well crafted films that I have seen for a while, and Cocco is fantastic. A harrowing and gripping picture of a woman's descent into madness to the point of no return, and one that drags you along with her.

  • nosuri's rating of the film Kotoko

    Although I think the end lacks something (something that could make the movie end in a terrific way), it's still a pretty intense (and amazing) experience to watch this film. Cocco's acting was excellent and it made me feel somewhat uncomfortable at some parts, just like the movie itself (I must say this is a good thing to me). It's not a movie for everyone to enjoy with their family, that's for sure.

  • edojyo_ji's rating of the film Kotoko

    Japanese Screen w/ Tsukamoto & Cocco Q&A: Incredibly powerful film with an deservedly-praised performance from Cocco. Unfortunately narrative arc and any attempt at justification of the psychological problems suffered by the protagonist go out the window in favour of a deafening and terrifying portrayal of mental breakdown from the inside.

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