Love Life12A

Directed by Kōji Fukada | Japan | 2022 | 2h 3m | Japanese & Korean w/ English subtitles | Starring Fumino Kimura, Kento Nagayama, Tetta Shimada, Tomorô Taguchi, Hirona Yamazaki

On the surface, Taeko and Jiro are a happily married couple. Both in their thirties, they have steady careers, a six-year-old son, and are planning a 65th birthday party for Jiro’s father. However, a sudden tragedy, coupled with the emergence of their former partners, exposes growing tensions in the young couple’s relationship. From the Cannes award-winning director of Harmonium, Kôji Fukada’s intricately plotted drama is a beguiling portrait of a family grappling with the vulnerabilities of human nature.

Reviews

‘An enormously poignant melodrama told at the volume of a broken whisper, Kōji Fukada’s “Love Life” represents a major breakthrough for a filmmaker who’s found the perfect story for his probing but distant style.’
★★★★
David Ehrlich, IndieWire

‘It is a movie whose gentleness and sadness coexist with a strange sense of the absurd, preposterous and tasteless new twists that life can give you’
★★★★
Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

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