Tuesday, 5 March
Memories of Matsuko
MEMORIES OF MATSUKO 2006 (嫌われ松子の一生, Kiraware Matsuko no issho) Directed by Tetsuya Nakashima 130 minutes in Japanese with English subtitles
This wonderful movie begins when a young man is told that his aunt's body has been found dead in a park. His father gives him the task of cleaning up her shabby apartment, and it's through his eyes that we watch this movie unfold . As he is cleaning up, he begins to discover the personal effects of the now dead aunt, and he becomes entangled in an effort to piece together the details of her complex, eclectic and tragic life. Our main character ends up stumbling upon more than he ever imagined in this fairytale-like tragedy from Nakashima Tetsuya, the man behind the international smash hit Shimotsuma Monogotari (Kamikaze Girls). Director Nakashima explodes genre conventions in Memories of Matsuko fusing together an unforgettable film that is equal parts drama, comedy, and even musical!
The result is an epic film about one woman's life with dazzling visuals that will make your jaw drop. The cinematography is drenched in bright candy colors somewhere between The Wizard of Oz and Amélie, but at the same time, it remains very Japanese, which means that it's not afraid to look at the darker sides of life. Ultimately this is a film about some cruel facts of life, especially for women in a male-dominated world, but under the guise of a fake musical comedy... and it's the contrast between dazzling style and deep content that creates this film's particular magic. Dazzling....a must see, and only on the big screen!
"Devastating....half kitschy, half moving, trashy and yet poetic..."
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- 3-5 €