A spell of time in the life of a family in rural Tochigi prefecture. Yoshiko is not an ordinary housewife, working on an animated film project. Uncle Ayano is looking to get his head together after living in Tokyo. Sachiko is concerned with why she seems to be followed by a giant version of herself.
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This is one of those warm and lovely movies that you just want to snuggle up and live inside of. And that kid in the still, he's like a Japanese version of me. I can't even describe how much I love this.
I would never have known about this film if it weren't for MUBI. Thank heavens because it's brimming with such heart and joy that I feel drunk with happiness. There are so many wannabes out there that try too hard to be surreal for the sake of being quirky and "unique"; every oddity in this film is there for a reason and connects via human threads. We are all endowed with the capacity for magic in our minds.
It took a while for this one to get its hooks in me. I kept on saying "well, I'll finish up the first hour, go to sleep, and finish it tomorrow." But by the time that first hour was up, I was really getting interested, kept watchin, and by the 90 minute mark, I knew I was getting to bed late :)
Oh god, I had a mind orgasm though out the whole thing. Loved it, loved every character so much. watch it, it's a must.
and to the people who say its pointless: is finding the thing or person that makes you happy "pointless?" sometimes there is no big philosophical undertones, and no big finish, but that's life too.