The French know existentialism and they know love. This film is heavy with both of them, though it manages to keep a general sense of whimsy due to a well-cast group of actors and an upbeat musical score. The pace is a bit too contemplative for me and the story a little too reminiscent of "Harold and Maude" at times, but I saw it with a film festival audience and heard more than a few folks sniffling by the end.
This eccentric drama about a depressed 11 year old girl who films her entire life and plans to kill herself on her 12th birthday tries a bit to hard to go into AMELIE territory as she touches the lives of all who meet her, but it has a certain charm about it, even if it feels a bit overly calculated.
Very warm, very touching. This is all about loneliness & death. Remember the scene in which Madame Michel was dressed-up and one of the residents didn't recognize her. And Mr. Ozu said that's because they don't look at you. Or, the scene in which Mr. Ozu invites her and mentiones that people can have more than one characteristics. Those scenes & couple of others make this film remarkable. Great cast. 3,5 stars.