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Au revoir l’été (Hotori no Sakuko)

Au revoir l’été (Hotori no Sakuko)
  • 2013
  • 125 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Koji Fukada
  • Written by: Koji Fukada
  • Cast: Fumi Nikaidô, Mayu Tsuruta, Taiga

Eighteen-year-old Sakuko (Nikaido) spends a summer wandering along the beach, romancing local boys including Takashi (Taiga), a refugee of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, but beneath the gaiety of small talk there are many untold stories. Listless, Rohmer-inflected tale with plenty of charm but few answers.

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Au Revoir L'Ete

20 Apr 20153 stars

Éric Rohmer-inspired Japanese drama that's heavy on charm, light on answers

With a title like that disregarding comparison to the work of French New Waver Éric Rohmer seems almost criminal. Rohmer sent the young and beautiful to bask in the rays in Conte d'été (A Summer's Tale), to talk of love whilst falling in love; yet…

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