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1,621 Ratings

Love Exposure

Ai no mukidashi

Directed by Sion Sono
Japan, 2008
Action, Comedy, Drama


Yu has no choice. His father, a Catholic priest, is urging him to confess, but in order to confess he must sin, and the only sin his cynical father recognizes as such is sexual perversion. So Yu becomes the King of Tokyo’s photo voyeurs – until he meets the Maria of his religious fantasies, Yoko.

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Love Exposure Directed by Sion Sono
At the sessions I attended the crowd was predominantly young, FICValdivia being a university festival, but nevertheless, more so than at any other section. It’s a testimony to just how much allure Siono’s pop-art aesthetic holds for the young viewers. And rightfully so. Love Exposure is perverse in the most delicious sense . . . Sono manages to channel the romantic idea of love and devotion, while also taking stabs at mass culture, at religious devotion and piety of any kind.
November 11, 2017
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An epic, four-hour romantic comedy about terrible fathers, upskirt photography, Catholicism, and the meaning of love. Where Sono’s Bicycle Sighs could be categorized as a fairly typical minimalist art film, and his Suicide Club firmly entrenched itself in the millennial wave of Japanese horror, Love Exposure is much less easy to peg—a wholly original pop construct springing forth from its auteur’s cracked heart.
August 22, 2016
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Sono is probably the most exciting filmmaker working today, simply because he manages to maintain a high level of quality in projects that seem, superficially, so different from each other. But the breadth of his talent truly shows in the 237-minute epic masterpiece Love Exposure, which I think is also the best film of the last 10 years.
June 01, 2016
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