MilesofSmiles 🐺’s review published on Letterboxd:
The best movie I have ever seen across multiple days.
Almost like reading a book for me. I stopped before the opening credits and then on day 2 picked up and watched the credits and a 30 minute chunk. Took my time. Methodical. No bookmarks either, like I was finishing a novel.
Content-wise, I love movies that center grief. At first I thought this movie was going to be about control. And in a way it is. To push through pain and suppressing emotion all for a job or an obligation. So insidious! The screenplay is fantastic because the connectivity is not immediately apparent (the lamprey story being exhibit A). The last hour long chunk I watched was absolutely riveting but not without fault of course. Hidetoshi Nishijima is fantastic as is Tôko Miura.
My mom had a red Saab when I was young. It was great reliving that memory of the beloved car on the phone with her the other day after we both saw the movie. And if a movie can do that, it’s done something great.
Lastly, this is a great movie to stream. The movies slow and plodding. I started out on my phone playing Wordle—not going to lie. Boring, better to see in theater’s right? Lots of times streamers compensate to generally shorter attention spans with more action like with Red Notice to think of only one. This bold assumption doesn’t hold true here. Grief is such a singular experience and can hold my attention. I loved the freedom of stopping the film anytime I wanted to. Watching it in the morning. At night. Taking it in without being confined to a start and end point in a dark room full of strangers whilst wearing a mask.