Thursday, June 3, 2010
This rather abstruse movie is disappointing after Kore-eda's previous sensitive and down to earth films. This one is about an inflatable life rubber size doll meant as a carnal substitute. The doll is owned by a nondescript waiter. But Nozomi the air doll comes to acquire a human heart and have feelings. She explores the world with child like wonder and falls in love with a store attendant at a video shop. There follows a tragi-comical relationship. I fail to make out what, if anything, this by now celebrated film-maker is trying to convey through this two hour marathon. It is the beautiful cinematography which somewhat redeems it. It is a sentimental and pretty packet containing nothing much. One may sum it up by saying that Nozomi the doll is human because she has a heart and the rest of us are air dolls because we don't. Fair enough, except he is a long time saying it, and whatever if any is the message does not come across with any force, and we are left with this air doll of a film and not the Kore-eda we have come to know.