A TENDER PLACE/ YAWARAKA NO HOO
Fri Nov 23 07:01:59 EST 2001
I didn't get round to catching much at this years London Film Festival -
well, nothing in fact until I finally motivated myself to crawl up to the
National Film Theatre at Waterloo to see if there were any spare tickets for
The Enchantment and Shikoku director Shunichi Nagasaki's newest, A TENDER
PLACE/ YAWARAKA NO HOO, an overwhelming three and a half hour epic shot on
DV with no music on the soundtrack. Lovely Yuki Amami plays a 32 year old
mother who, aided by an ex-police detective terminally ill with stomach
cancer, is searching for her 5 year old daughter that went missing during a
family holiday in Hokkaido five year's before.
This was the most compelling and engrossing pieces of cinema I've seen in a
long long time, more remarkable because for once the DV format didn't seem
to be screaming out to draw attention to itself, just a way of realising an
epically ambitious psychological drama, which as Tony Rayns states in the
festival brochure, features "a novelistic depth of characterisation and
richness of plot". Yes, this is what DV should be about, making use of the
increased flexibility and reduced shooting costs afforded by the medium
rather than delivering in your face shock tactics a la VISITOR Q or as a
cheaper alternative to film in Shiota's GIPS.
Has anyone else seen this? It was produced in 2000, and apparently the story
was taken from a novel, though figuring the information was written in the
festival brochure I wasn't quite rigorous enough with my old notebook, so
don't know who the original writer was.
Highly recommended to everyone, should it ever make it past the festival
Hmmm - three and a half hours of Eskimo drama to look forward to on Sunday
night with ATARJUNUAT THE FAST RUNNER, the world's first Inuit production.
Now I really can't think what to expect with this one....
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