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Ratings & Reviews

  1. FISCHER's rating of the film No Blood Relation

    Superbe mélodrame "maternel" teintée d'émotion et d'évidente vérité humaine... www.cinefiches.com

  2. εξώτερο Διάστημα's rating of the film No Blood Relation

    actually 4, for the thoughtful plot which i didn't find mean at all. you just can't buy everything all the time.

  3. kit duckworth's rating of the film No Blood Relation

    someone borrowed their cousin's dolly for the weekend... strangely mean-spirited

  4. TK BUCKLEY's rating of the film No Blood Relation

    The camera is relentless in this one. It's often distracting and exhausting. You can definitely see what he's after here though, constantly pushing into the characters, excavating, to reach their emotional core. But honestly this is a big step backwards from Flunky. The climax was handled masterfully though.

  5. Holyphool's rating of the film No Blood Relation

    Naruse's very beautifully structured tale of a young girl with two competing mothers, seems to belong to the classical Ozu melodrama, almost Sirkian, in its weaving of the battle of emotions; but it also has a comedic quality (2 buffoon gangsters), as well as its daring, swooping tracking shots in moments of high emotion, and dizzying editing, along with real locations that give it a very modernist feel.

  6. Arshi Rai's rating of the film No Blood Relation

    My first Naruse, wow that was moving, there was some kind of brilliance to that editing, quite musical in and of itself. But I'm pretty certain the film I saw was about 90 minutes, not 79, hmm.

  7. Lorna Singh's rating of the film No Blood Relation

    A moving silent film about a custody battle,not set in a courtroom. The stage was set early on to show the dedication of the stepmother,yet we eventually felt some sympathy for the mother. Hisako Kojima is wonderful as the 6 year old .

  8. Matt Kilgore's rating of the film No Blood Relation

    the zooms, yeah you know about the zooms, but the tracking shots! the wes anderson, martin scorsese-like tracking shots! Also a great example of the freedom of the silent camera.

  9. Daniela's rating of the film No Blood Relation

    More generic melodrama than true Naruse style : /

  10. AKFilmFan's rating of the film No Blood Relation

    Heartbreaking and beautiful, this Naruse silent film has some great camera work and moments of slapstick that are toppings on this melodramatic cake.

  11. Samurai Panda Poetry's rating of the film No Blood Relation

    Incredibly interesting camera work. I love the dolly in; it's such an effective underscoring of the character's emotional reactions.