||[Feb. 5th, 2005|04:41 pm]
|||||FAKE? - Eternal Satellites||]|
Saw this the other night on it's only night in NYC. It's mindblowing.
Nobody Knows is, simply, a genius movie. Absolutely perfect. The characters are compelling and enchanting. The kid who played Akira, Yagira Yuya, won best actor at the Canne Film Festival, and it's simple to see why. Akira is a delicate balance between trying to be an adult and remaining a child, and even when he's playing the role of the guardian for his 3 younger siblings, there's a vulnerability that shows through--the desire to go to school and be a normal junior high schooler. The story itself, of 4 children all born of different fathers abandoned by their mother and left to fend for themselves, is fascinating and provocative. A 12 year old bearing the weight of his mother's many actions and its results. Himself, Kyoko, Shigure and Yuki as those results. It's simply a tale of 4 children learning how to live in the real world, and nothing more. But the manner in which Koreeda tells it is the same as spinning gold from straw. Instead of filling the film with overtones of depression and dispair at their dilemma, he creates something fantastic within the children--the hope that their mother will return, and beyond that, their bonds with one another. Everything is handled with a childlike innocence or ignorance. Shigure and Yuki ever seem to completely absorb the gravity of their situation, always bouncing back, somehow, impossibly hopeful. Their mother even, has that quality in herself. So much of the film is understated; long shots of a stain on the floor, filled with muted silence manages to say volumes about Kyoko's relationship with her mother. Or Akira, with his hand on a large pink suitcase, rubbing it almost soothingly. It's the small little details that are the most important aspects.
It's a hauntingly beautiful story and film, and if you get a chance, see it. There's really nothing like it. Will open wide later this month or in March.