Anxiety realized in film. Suffocating, intimate, lyrical, and profoundly beautiful. Yamada exudes a love for her characters not unlike Akerman. The influence of the late Futoshi Nishiya's character designs are certainly still being felt today.
Stop motion animation makes every movement, every blink, every frame feel so deliberate. A perfect depiction of the heightened reality that comes crashing down perceived throughout the course of the film.