Time to Repurpose (to Cinema):
From, I think, one of the finest directors working today, Kore-eda Hirokazu. This is a wonderful tribute in homage to almost all of the feature films he’s done up until “Air Doll” (2009). Since then, he’s made a mini-series, a documentary short about Fukushima, and helped bring about two more movies, “Kiseki’ and “Like Father, Like Son” (which I was fortunate enough to see premiere at the Chicago International Film Festival), all incredible in their own right. He most consistently deals with family matters wherein he focuses the camera on each individual involved, exposing a quiet fragility that otherwise goes unnoticed by the veil of being assimilated into a group. As Ozu Yasujiro once did, he looks at how people are when wound together and then in their more private lives. He exposes their stitching, how each fiber is woven in and out, how it stays and frays. At the lack of narration to guide introspective thought, dissatisfied silences and longing stares are often all that is expressed in a character’s most personal moments, when they are left to themselves. In his films, no side character is less significant or shallower than the protagonist(s) who is (are) no more special or important but whose depth has simply been chosen to be explored.
More on him later.