The drama-comedy tells the story of Setsuko Kawashima, a lonely, chain-smoking office lady in Tokyo who is past her prime. After deciding to take an English class, she discovers a new identity in her American alter ego, ‘Lucy,’ and falls for her instructor, John.
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3.3 Not the breezy comedy I assumed it was. I find it quite jarring when western actors appear in Japanese films, but here Hartnett does a decent job. I was happy to see Koji-san in the cast too, even if his inclusion was to keep the international 'Shall We Dance' crowd happy. A bitter-sweet pill with plenty to say about middle-aged loneliness and how a friendly western hug doesn't always cure all ills.
3.5 “I’m a hugger. What can I say?”
Life is hard and sometimes small changes can be the key to freedom from a monotonous 9-to-5 existence to breaking out of the daily routines or even to starting over.
We should all hug more often.
“Let’s hug, Setsuko-san!”
3,5/5 Comédie acide sur une quarantenaire cherchant un nouveau souffle à sa vie, Oh Lucy ! surprend par son audace, en équilibre fragile entre rire et crise de nerfs. Chronique complète à lire sur Citazine : http://www.citazine.fr/article/oh-lucy-echappee-rebelle