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Hotori no sakuko
  • Japan
  • 2013
  • 125 minutes
  • Drama
  • Coming of Age
  • Asian
  • Arthouse

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New Japanese cinema meets French New Wave in a languid summery tale full of subtle complexities reminiscent in style of Eric Rohmer.

Before 18 year old Sakuko starts university, she visits her aunt Mikie in a seemingly sleepy coastal Japanese town. Mikie meets up with old flame Ukichi who now manages the local love motel, whilst Sakuko gets to know a young Fukushima refugee who works there. A web of relationships evolve throughout the summer with a tone flitting between poetic teenage whimsy and raw human anxiety.

"A wonderful charm and a sensuous languor, guided by the spirit of Eric Rohmer" - The Guardian