sprawled out, lazy ol' masterpiece about sincerely really trying your best while you're still young enough. Yamashita eschews ironic distancing and strained intimacy, instead filming these youth with attentiveness and concern for their struggles, love and respect for their individual personhood, an almost unthinkable strategy for a teen movie.
Bae Doo Na has the comedic and dramatic timing that reminds me of a young Giueiletta Masina. A marvelous film that reminded me strongly of old John Hughes movies along with the somewhat recent "Once". I hope the cult following grows larger for this wonderful little film.
The cinematic equivalent of being a teenager and listening to The Raincoats' debut album for the first time. This is a movie about music and youth unmuddied by cynicism or nostalgia, uplifting and inspiring in its simplicity. Let's everybody play music we care about with our friends, now.