A delivery for you
A humanoid robot deliverywoman muses on the mystery of human nature as she drops off parcels around the galaxy.
A humanoid robot deliverywoman muses on the mystery of human nature as she drops off parcels around the galaxy.
Hiso hiso boshi, Hiso Hiso Hoshi
TIFF 2015 – Film #20
Reason for pick – interesting premise as spotted in the TIFF description.
More akin to a tone poem or a Haiku than a narrative driven film, The Whispering Star gently glides along drawing its audience into the life of A.I. Yoko Suzuki, machine ID 722, a robot delivery woman who brings parcels to the dwindling human population, now scattered amongst the stars. A.I.'s now vastly outnumber humankind.
With a lineage that could be traced to Le Quattro Volte, Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du commerce, 1080 Bruxelles, The Turin Horse, and The Strange Little Cat, Battlestar Galactica and A.I., director Shion Sono constructs world where there is nothing but time; ‘It’s acceptable for packages to be…
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A cyborg Jeanne Dielman-type delivery person travels for 10 years in a dysfunctional Hal-controlled spaceship that looks like a Japanese trailer to planets that all look like tsunami ravaged and nuclear disaster site Fukushima to deliver parcels.
It is the most original and quite possibly the most beautiful film I've seen in a very long time.
Extremely slow paced, every minute of the film is detailed and important.
Every encounter with the desolate planets is rich and textured and extremely poignant.
I saw it as the story of Fukushima: the story of the dead and the story of the survivors.
The survivors who left with nothing but the single most important item they could save.
I'll be honest, Sion Sono is one of the few directors that I'm completely incapable of reviewing objectively. Each of his movies manage to appeal to every single one of my cinematic interests and preferences; both thematically and stylistically. So if you're looking for a totally unbiased opinion about a Sono flick, I'm probably not the dude for you. The Whispering Star is no exception. With that said, this is easily the biggest departure from Sono's previous directorial efforts. Long gone is Sono's penchant for frenetic montage and shrewdly applied bubble gum-color palettes(...both qualities I love about Sono's films, in all honesty), instead leaving us with a beautifully rich tapestry of melancholy and an android's quest to find out what…
Beneath the souls of the somber ether, those that howl to the cosmos with far more promise than I (naiveté had claimed and, thus, blinded them of what is true), my dwelling sat eerily still, pierced only by the faint glimmer of a bereft moon; its silence was often broken by the occasional drum of a car engine, but not a single vehicle had driven by all night. And so while the pleasure of my fallacious company could not entertain me for the evening (do not be fooled, the sun had bid its farewell an astounding seven hours ago), there lay the barren shell of my esse, once enveloped by the infancy of smug delight—now decaying under the blistering shroud…
Imagine Kubrick directing something like "Eraserhead meets Stalker" and you get Shion Sono's The Whispering Star.
Machines have taken over the galaxy. Humans are now scarce and wander throughout space, usually taking refuge on abandoned planets. The film follows a cyborg who delivers packages to them.
It's a minimalist film. The black and white and absence of outer sounds emphasize that. During 90% of the movie, the only sound you can hear (other than the cyborg's and its spaceship AI's voice) is whatever she's doing. Cleaning, opening a faucet, breaking things.
The landing planets the cyborg visits are actually modern day Fukushima and the humans she meets there are not actors; they're people that live on the area. Deserted, decadent,…
The sudden burst of loneliness that comes after the realization that we are standing amidst billions of planets and galaxies -- encapsulated into film. All these personal memoirs, souvenirs, belongings, how insignificant they are when compared to the larger scale of time and space. In the future, humans are frozen in time. They wait, and wait, and wait, and wait, while contemplating, always longing for nothing but the past. In this world, only the emotionless are allowed to progress forward, perhaps the parcels delivered by Yoko are supposed to indicate a wake-up call? You can almost feel the emptiness of human sentiment just from the ridiculous size difference between the shoe box, and the mere photograph lying inside; how pathetic we are, from the eyes of a machine, yet Yoko, like Wall- E, she's slowly, very slowly, starting to learn.
So I haven't seen Jeanne Dielman yet, but I have heard this kind of feels a lot like it. I sure hope so because this was a masterpiece. An incredibly patient journey, somewhat like I Am Keiko set in space and many different planets. Also, before anything even really happened in the film, I was blown away by how much I liked the visual design of everything. A lot of the ship, the nonhouse part, was very reminiscent of early Sci-Fi, with cords running everywhere and big goofy looking doors. Even the way the knobs and levers move from rhe ships command remind me of 50's Sci-Fi and I loved that part so much.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Sion Sono's Stalker about Jeanne Dielman who goes through her daily routine not because she is a rerpessed woman but an android-deliverywoman. For 10 years she has been doing her routine without questioning why is she doing all of this or why she's alive at large, but after her first encounter with a human being she is starting to knit, she is smoking, she's looking at stars, she's wondering what she's delivering and doesn't understand "why people want delivery that takes this amount of time" [about 10 years], she's no longer spends her days on the spaceship mindlessly doing what she was programmed to do. After her second encounter she's repairing her player, she's drinking water because the man she…
Sion Sono kann also auch Arthouse. Und Sci-Fi. Alles in schwarz-weiß. Alles zum Niederknien. The Whispering Star sieht von Anfang bis Ende absolut großartig aus. Leider hat mich der Film im Mittelteil nicht abgeholt und ich war eine Zeit lang nicht involviert. Keine Ahnung warum. Im Großen und Ganzen war er richtig stark. Ich werde diesen doch sehr ungewöhnlichen Sono wohl nochmal gucken müssen.
Sion Sono, excels again. Not much of a surprise for me from seeing his works. But The whispering star, was a very new and fresh story.
A story which felt a lot like Under the skin, in its theme and message. A film with not much talking/cast. Every second of this film is art. It’s very beautiful, and touching. The story is compelling and makes the audience figure out on their own “what has happened.”
I really do adore these type of slow, but gentle films. Nothing too fierce, but something that you can think on it.
I have now read a few reviews on their points and ideas, and I’ll be honest. One brought me to tears. So yes, have a very opened mind. Don’t expect you’re going to find an answer or anything. But all I can say is that this is one of those films I will revisit.
This is so different from everything else that I've seen from Sono so far, that fact alone makes this film impressive in its own right.
The Whispering Star is such a beautiful film both in its visuals and themes it tackles. The concept of the film is just so inherently interesting to me that it was so easy to get invested in it. It often made me contemplate our place in the universe and how small we may seem in the larger picture of it. Especially in the reality Sono set up for this film, one where humans are considered a near extinct species. Just seeing Sono's vision for a distant future where machines had more of a presence than…
Space silence, ships, an egregious amount of title cards, and HAL 9000's Japanese relative
Wastelands, sepia-monochrome grading, and a glacial pace
Droning ambience and old people walking slow
Trees, tall grass, and whispering
A non-human wanders multiple locations and also begins to understand the human race
The fucking atmosphere.
*All five clap simultaneously*
A nice tribute to Kubrick. HAL would be proud.
With this slow, existential tour of the universe, Sion Sono stays below 30 decibels for the first time in his career and offers a calm and thought provoking experience about humanity, memory and technological progress. It's very surprising but also very pleasing to find such a minimalist haiku inside this whirlwind of a filmography.
Some films tend to make you believe that time is meaningless. But for the first time, in The Whispering Star, time is the only meaningful thing there is.
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Inject this directly into my veins please. Are you kidding me.
In un futuro distopico non meglio specificato, il genere umano è una specie in via di estinzione. I pochissimi superstiti abitano, come se fossero degli esuli, alcuni pianeti sparsi nelle galassie, mentre l'universo è pressocché dominato dagli androidi.
Questa è la premessa essenziale di The Whispering Star (Hiso Hiso Boshi), film del 2015, scritto, prodotto e diretto da Sion Sono.
A muovere la trama, nel corso dei 101 minuti di durata, è una scelta degli essere umani, che continuano ad inviarsi dei pacchi vicendevolmente, nonostante questa tecnologia sia ormai desueta, visto che si utilizza il teletrasporto.
Di conseguenza, per adempiere a questa decisione anacronistica, l'androide ID 722, noto come Yoko Suzuki, viaggia da diverso tempo in qualità di postina inter-galattica.…
First minimalist Sono, at least in over two years. Astonished to see how quickly his style could shift over films; this brand of calm and still observation that rarely surfaces. The most surprising of all is the final scene which is breathtaking by the way, is the most Ozu-like Sono has ever been, a director whom he has expressed disinterest for (for reasons even he doesn't know or probably care about). Is this a metaphor for Sono being the cold, distant android who doesn't understand why people adore Ozu's films, and with time. as our old man keeps making angrier films, maybe he gets a bit closer? Anyways, bullshit aside, I loved this.
Capolavoro, non per tutti
A touching, silent, yet beautiful piece on the human condition and the strides to understand it set amidst desolate science fiction. Never once delving into pessimism, melodrama or melancholy. In a future where humanity is lost, those who continue on will exist to understand and keep the spirit of it alive.
This is a different breed of Sion Sono film. One that may miss the bombast, spectacle and gory grittiness of previous entries. But still ascertaining much of the power his films have. Proving him a genius in the art of filmmaking with more range than many could give him credit for.
Sion Sono can make anything. As he is popularly known for his maximalist,bloodfest,visual gore films but this one is minimalist sci-fi with beautiful cinematography, set design and background score. The shadow act in the end was amazingly crafted , which concludes the human nature to the humanoid.
The Whispering Star sees and imagines the Fukushima disaster as a heightened science fiction apocalypse. Although the movie is rooted in geopolitical angst it maintains an optimistic warmth as it shows humanity broken but still alive, still human, still sentimental. A final section seems to show the entirety of humanity as layered memories as silhouettes, placing the viewer as an outsider to humanity and gazing upon its beauty. It's a really remarkable moment.
Kyoko è la noia eterna
La consegna è il piccolo momento di gioia in cui si puó parlare
La ripartenza verso una nuova meta è il dolore eterno
This is unlike any other Sion Sono movie I have seen so far that still managed to blow me away.
You do require to be in the right mindset to watch it tho for this is a slow, contemplative and quiet work unlike the fast, bonkers and batshit crazy Sono I have seen so far.
But if you do connect with it, this will be an experience to treasure and for me is easily among Sono's best work.
Un talento visivo e compositivo fuori dal mondo a servizio di una fantascienza minimale, immersiva, spirituale, dal ritmo sfiancante ma perfettamente aderente al mondo che intende plasmare. Si ama anche mentre si odia.
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