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.
TIFF '11 Wild, crazy new pic from Tsukamoto examining the on the edge minute to minute existence of a woman living a nightmare. Kotoko is a single mum unable to tell the difference between the real and the imagined. Much like Polanski's "Repulsion" her nightmares are constantly coming to life around her.She loses custody of her sun and falls into a relationship with a masochist played by Tsukamoto himself. Harrowing.
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.
The most alarming film I've seen since 'Secret Sunshine', and probably just as profound. Tsukamoto finds a few fresh buttons to push which 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.
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.
Good God. Judging from that still, I *need* to see this movie as soon as possible. I felt Shinya Tsukamoto lost his way with the overly commercial "Nightmare Detective" series, but this looks like he's back on track in a big way. Can't wait.