A sleepy Los Angeles exurb and its shiftless young residents are seen through the eyes of two Japanese tourists in this intimate evocation of a small town in Southern California where everyone’s talking but no one really understands.
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A fish-out-of-water story that I think resonates with all of us. Atsuko was great to watch, finding something she is lacking in those Rintaro seems to think are losers. The film certainly takes its time, though not without merit. Watching Atsuko bond with and take in these people really drew me in and reminds me of my time in Southwest China (though admittedly I could communicate more than she). Recommended.
"Littlerock" reminded me of when I was 2 and visiting a German playground. Met some kids. Had the best conversation ever. They spoke German, I responded in Romanian. The only slight issue - tiny niggle - with matching this to "Littlerock" is that the characters are totally uninclined to use the dictionary they have (!!!) even during heart-wrenching crying conversation, which seems a bit impractical, if sentimental.