A nice high four for this beautifully sustained exercise in several varieties of suspension: narrative, emotional, sensory, psychological. Probably a few others. Onagawa's soundtrack, gorgeous in itself, is exquisitely deployed, undergirding and undermining the film's progression through its sequence of uncanny stations. Credit, too, to the actors, who help give what might have seemed mannered the shape of a swoon.
What a film! Perfect framing, lovely use of black and white, but most of all breathtaking sounddesign. Technically pure perfection. This creates an intense hypnotising atmosphere. This is combined with a simple but effective story and the always impressive minimalist acting skills of Tadanobu Asano. This makes for a nearly perfect piece of cinema.