All About Lily Chou Chou is not all that coherent, in a good way. It’s 100% melancholic and has it’s own unique dream-like fluidity to it. With some deep and dark subject matter, a complimentary abstract plot-line, an array of cinematography and a musical soundtrack that effectively adds tension to your emotional chords, All About Lily Chou Chou paints a vivid but obscure portrait. The film is as dark as it is serene.
Its a complicated story told in equally complicated ways that forces you to into both contemplation and delirium. The writer/ director takes hold of the delinquent genre to “deal” with a hopeless youth and all their adversities. This film will probably only be worthwhile to those who are open-minded and not fainthearted. It’s a daunting depiction of a depressed and abusive subculture and is a definite cult favourite.
“… haunting and emotionally charged social drama paints a dark and sometimes bleak picture of Japanese youth culture. While the film’s hard look at the issues of apathy, teen aggression, obsession and nihilism are indeed compelling…”
Directed / Written by: Shunji Iwai
aparoo’s words: delinquent, youth, drama, crime, bullying, music, social, culture, highschool
aparoo says 5/5
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