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- Farewell to Dream
- 78 min.
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Keisuke Kinoshita's Farewell to Dream is a simple, intimate story, about a young man in post-war Japan who abandons his ambitions to run his father's shop, but it's also about saying goodbye to the pre-war, traditional Japan. The boy's sister is a modern woman, disrespectful of her parents and boyfriends, but even if you want to slap her silly, she's just a product of an unstable new Japan. Like her brother Yôichie, who doesn't intend to follow in his father's footsteps, she wants to forge her own future, one not predicated by oppressive tradition. But no one really knows what's possible anymore. That fairground with all the rides going around in circles may represent one avenue to take, perhaps for Yôichie, the only one. But what if the old cycle is permanently broken? It's a sad but not hopeless story and an effective slice of life, but while Yôichie is the lead, it's his mother who really captivates. Yuko Mochizuki's performance is heartbreaking in the role, crushed by every humiliating moment, and devastated by her children's sacrifices... She makes this a film about people hiding their eyes, and just writing about it makes my heart swell.
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