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Doro no kawa

Kôhei Oguri Japan, 1981

dionysus67's rating of the film Muddy River

A remarkable miniature of post-war Japanese society through childrens' gaze. Their innocence is gradually introduced into the tragedy of existence (fatalities, prostitution, cruelty, suicidal despair, poverty) with an economy of vision that is both fluid and attractive to look at. The compositions are carefully crafted and the poetic melancholy of people's plight is touching from the beginning to the great finale.