Charlie’s review published on Letterboxd:
Anton Checkov would warmly smile upon Ryusuke Hamaguchi for involving Uncle Vanya as a pivotal part of this masterpiece.
Honestly one of those lengthy films that goes by seamlessly and quickly. I never wanted it to stop. An emotionally sweeping journey from start to finish. Focusing on performance art and classic theater to focus on how loss can cause disillusionment within our grieving subconscious and what we do to try to progress through it. (Similar to Uncle Vanya itself and it being involved so deeply with the film’s story, characters, and themes.) And how communication barriers aren’t as major as many make them to be.
All lead with brilliant performances from the cast and presented and directed impeccably by Ryusuke Hamaguchi himself.
Hamaguchi has gone on record of saying he’s grandly influenced by John Casavettes and Kiyoshi Kurosawa. And he shows that inspiration well while also finding a truly unique voice of his own to tell this story.
This is my first Ryusuke Hamaguchi film. And if Drive My Car is any indicator, I think it’s safe to say he will very soon be considered as an all timer in terms of filmmakers for me speaking.