Japanese Berlin-awarded master offers elegantly pleasing and excellent triptych about chance, coincidences, consequences, and love – with a female perspective.
An unexpected triangle drama, a failed honey trap, and a meeting that begins with a misunderstanding and ends with role playing. Hamaguchi (Happy Hour, GFF 2016) shows life’s messy randomness in three both sweet and melancholically cynical small tales about regret and wrong choices, in their turn rhythmically divided into three parts each. The precise, weightless, and fluffy dialogue is a pleasure to listen to, whether it contains a dissection of a perfect first date, a decades-late declaration of love, or a reading of a particularly graphic sexual chapter from a low-key professor’s successful novel. The last part is, moreover, nothing less than a smart science fiction-like interpretation of the pandemic.
* The Wednesday screening is part of the "Filmisk salong" programme. The conversation will be held in Swedish. (Read more under Event.)
- Camilla Larsson