Tuesday, July 9, 2024

A pointer toward Kyrie (2024) Japan Cuts 2024

Shunji Iwai (Swallowtail Butterfly, All About Lily Chou-Chou) is at it again and creating a one of a kind film that brings back some of the musical creatives from his earlier film.

The film is a long rambling tale of a young woman who can only communicate by singing. 

I'm not really going to review this film. Having seen many of Iwai's earlier films I know that there are times (SWALLOW TAIL, LILLY CHOU CHOU, RIP VAN WINKLE) where you just have to throw up you hands and just go with it.  Iwai is going to make the film he wants and you are in for a unique experience. Whether not you love this film as a whole you are going to find things to love - some of the music performances are arresting with some of them reminding me of one of the greatest concert films I've ever seen LIVE TAPE which played briefly in NYC several years ago. (That is a compliment)

Say what you will Shunji Iwai is one of the great cinematic visionaries and as such you need to see any film he makes. If you can make the screening you need to go because what I say is pointless since Iwai's films hit everyone differently and even if you don't care for them they are still glorious cinematic rides of the best sort.

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