Radiance (Hikari) (2017)

NAOMI KAWASE Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.  Japan/France, 2017.  Comme des Cinémas, Kino Films, Kumie, MK2 Productions.  Screenplay by Naomi Kawase.  Produced by Naoya Kinoshita, Masa Sawada, Yumiko Takebe.  Music by Ibrahim Maalouf.  Film Editing by Tina Baz.  Cannes Film Festival 2017.  Toronto International Film Festival 2017. Ayame Misaki is excellent as a woman who has been assigned the task of writing…

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After Life (Wandafuru Raifu)

BBBB (out of 5) This subtle, coldly elegant film is a beautiful fantasy of the world after death. In a building that looks like a public office, a group of employees gather together and every Monday welcome a new group of people into the world of the afterlife. They inform the newcomers that they have…

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Black Rain (Kuroi Ame)

BBBB (out of 5) Arresting and unforgettable exploration of the devastation of Hiroshima, as young Yukiko comes to stay with her relatives a few years after they survived the dropping of the bomb.  In the aftermath of nuclear war, villagers create marriage prospects for their younger generations with the constant worry that they might be suffering…

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