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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 !
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.