A2P Cinema 100 Films of the Aughts
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DISTANCE
2001 - Hirokazu Koreeda - Japan
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Among the many great films of Hirokazu Koreeda's work, Distance (his 3rd feature) seems to be the most overlooked or forgotten. Personally I would consider Koreeda among the top four or five living filmmakers of contemporary cinema so perhaps I'm biased. Koreeda originally wanted to become a writer, but after graduating from college he worked as an assistant director. Koreeda then began making documentary short films and this is represented in his fictional features, which very often blend fiction and nonfiction together in the same film. As with his previous films (1995's Maborosi and 1998's After Life) Distance is a film that expresses themes of loss, grief, death, and memory. As reflected in the films title Distance is also one of isolation, both physically and emotionally. The film is one of emotional and psychical distance and this separation is also evident in the films narrative and emotional tone. Koreeda does this all with such an effortless approach and his films attain an equally haunting yet beautiful dreamlike world. I admire the way Koreeda's films are ultimately hopeful and compassionate even in the most heartbreaking of moments. Distance is Koreedas most hauntingly atmospheric film.
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