Tetsuro is living with his young girlfriend Aki in a pleasant house in Tokyo. They both spend a lot of time at their jobs. However their routine is upset when Tetsuro brings his 8 year old son Shun to live with them, while his ex-wife recovers from a car accident.
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Such a remarkable achievement. Where to begin? The long-take, lovingly framed visual aesthetic most obviously, but the pans must be stressed as they elongate the space between people, making that area exhaustingly palpable. Film breaks, overexposure, dream imagery, the physicality of the image. Another reason for the long-take: it brings the material world into such sharp relief. Emotion builds curiously, atonally.
2/duo looked from my point of view as a film that is obviously going to result in Suwa peaking to soon. It is almost like 2/duo was a seed and M/Other is the blossom that sprouted from it. Possibly the greatest film ever made (as bold as it sounds).
Has a few standout scenes, but overall terribly passive and lacking in ambition, cultivating the sort of improvisational-observational style (as banal as life itself!) that's usually only excuse for artistic laziness and a mask for lack of ideas. Not awful by any means, just mostly shallow and contrived, and its nearly DeMillian runtime is inexcusable.