F#2: All About Lily Chou Chou

directed by shunji iwai
click for storyline.

this film is not for everyone.
all i can say is that it is bluntly poignant.
it reveals the harsh realities of dark adolescence; violence, public humiliation, rape, suicide.
a young person endures adult-situations when he lacks adult faculties.
it's coming of age, sure, but it probably won't leave you with heartwarming feeling.
it is embedded in the traditional avant-garde belief
that film need not being pleasurable to be beautiful or effective.
with that said, it is unapologetically graphic. & had left me inspired.
shunji iwai knows how to create beautiful images.
the film is in japanese, but can usually be found with subtitles for many languages.
has anyone else seen it?

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