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HARMONIUM

Directed by Koji Fukada
  • YEAR 15 - FILM 11 / 
  • Japan / 
  • 2016 / 
  • Japanese with English subtitles / 
  • 118 min
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"[M]asterful performances. [T]his tale approaches a family's flawed construct with the critical seriousness of Robert Bresson or Fukada's compatriot Nagisa Oshima."
– Maggie Lee, Variety
"[C]ommands attention from start to finish. The film's insights into the isolation evident in the relationships most take for granted — marriages, parent-child connections and long-term friendships — don't merely hit their targets; they smash them with a sledgehammer."
– Sarah Ward, Screen Dailly
"...deeply involving and uncannily affecting..."
– Jessica Kiang, The Playlist

Synopsis

With his highly perceptive attention to character, director Koji Fukada creates an explosive family drama with HARMONIUM (FUCHI NI TATSU). Intended as a companion piece to the black comedy HOSPITALITE, HARMONIUM returns to the domestic sphere as it captures the collapse of a seemingly ordinary Japanese family. Life for Toshio, his wife, and their younger daughter Hotaru carries on as usual until he hires the mysterious Mr. Yasaka, an old acquaintance dressed in white who has just been released from prison, in his workshop. HARMONIUM captivated critics and audiences alike during the 69th Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Un Certain Regard Jury Prize

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HOSPITALITE
Directed by Koji Fukuda
YEAR 10 FILM 4
Mikio Kobayashi lives quietly with his wife, daughter, and divorced sister in downtown Tokyo, where xenophobic neighbors insist on them participating in community meetings, and the most exciting thing to happen is the disappearance of a pet parrot. But one day Kagawa appears, claiming to be the son of a financier who once helped Kobayashi's company. In return for his family's past help, Kagawa requests to move in, and Kobayashi's quiet lifestyle is quickly forgotten when Kagawa invites his Brazilian (or is she Bosnian?) wife and a myriad of eclectic and foreign visitors to join him in the cramped apartment. The Kobayashis are comically tossed about in confusion as Kagawa and his associates run amuck in their home. Kagawa, with the help of his visitors, manages to reveal old secrets and stir up the monotony of Mikio's former life with affairs, blackmail, and rampant youthful partying.
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AMOUR FOU
Directed by Jessica Hausner
YEAR 13 FILM 9
Forever under-appreciated and melancholy, Heinrich is a young poet in Romantic Era Berlin who determines his best way out of despair is to end it all, and he sets about finding a woman to join him in his predetermined departure. Recently diagnosed with a terminal illness, the well-off but unremarkable Henrietta, fascinated by Heinrich's controversial "The Marquise of O," finds his offer intriguing, if a bit strange. And yet, she agrees to navigate the uncharted journey towards a suicide pact with him, at once awkward and enlightening for them both. Rather than a declaration of passionate devotion, Amour Fou - inspired by the actual suicide in 1811 of Heinrich von Kleist and Henrietta Vogel - goes against expectations to become a wry and curious denunciation of dying for love.
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