Alexander Sokourov

The characters of the film are real: a well-known Japanese writer, Toshio Shimao, who died in 1986, his widow and their daughter. The documentary form serves as a framework to underline this film’s deep insight into biographical narration with video used as an intimate way to penetrate the inner world of the characters. The dramatic events of the writer’s life form the outline to a film which reveals the quintessence of the author’s reflections on Japan and its people. The main narrative line is the lyrical monologue of the heroine: Miho Shimao, the writer’s wife, who lives with her handicapped daughter on a solitary island in the middle of the ocean, avoiding strangers. The discovery of her personality through the drama of self-analysis, through the catharsis of spiritual denudation, proves to be the most important event in this woman’s life, a life confined into itself, where actions mean a lot less than emotions. With impressionist strokes, the filmmaker reveals the contours of memory, the contrasts of feelings, the nuances of the psyche, as in a lyrical piece of music, tenderly, dolce.

  • Running time : 61'
  • Country : Russie
  • Year of production : 1999
  • Author : Alexander Sokourov
  • Production : STUDIO BEREG Studio Bereg

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