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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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 !
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.
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.
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.
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.