True Mothers review: Naomi Kawase's heartfelt yet frustrating drama

  The Guardian 

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The director of The Mourning Forest returns with another sensitive film, this time about a difficult adoption, yet plot holes prove distracting Japanese auteur Naomi Kawase has returned with another of her highly distinctive, tremulously sensitive movies: heartfelt and unhurried, with a tendency to wash the screen in plangent sunlight as the camera looks plaintively up through the branches – and also, a borderline exasperating tendency towards a kind of pass-agg quietism. I have responded variously to this in the past: there was something underpowered in her sucrose dramaSweet Bean but real beauty in other films, like her award-winning The Mourning Forest. And there is a sustained emotional seriousness in this movie, with committed performances. Related: The Truffle Hunters review – strange and charming ode to rare dogs Continue reading...

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