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September 13, 2009


I think both Denis in this film and Hou Hsiao-Hsien in last year's "Flight of the Red Balloon" use their very different aesthetics to capture essentially the same thing: the patient realism of everyday life; Hou with his signature, still, long takes and Denis with her typically more intimate approach. They both do the general mentality of Ozu's cinema considerable justice, and I think they're major highlights in two very distinguished careers. Nice review.

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