Director and screenplay: Horie Kei
· Hayami Akari (Oribe Azusa)
· Murakami Nijiro (Hayama Takashi)
· Watanabe Yutaro
· Takemura Hiroto (Nishikawa Yoshikazu)
· Nikaido Satoshi
· Yamazaki Shigenori
· Ikehata Reina
Running Time: 94 minutes
Release Date: March 28, 2015
Official Site: wasuboku.com/sp/
Slow-motion but continuous motion from the very first sequences seem to be made to introduce the spectator into a world – and in a story – in which certainties oscillate as real references fade.
Azusa is a student as many, always in order in the school uniform, and her life would be normal was not that people forgot about her. School companions, teachers, even the father, can not keep any memory of her, forcing her to feel alright and again.
One day the girl meets Takashi, a teenager like her who instead seems to notice her and, above all, remember her. The two begin to attend, he says enthusiastic: “I will never forget you,” she presents her to the family and everything seems to go for the best. Until the moment it becomes clear that proud Takashi will not be able to win against the dragon of oblivion.
The film, presented at the last Far East Film Festival in the presence of the director, is based on a romantic-adolescent story that develops on the edge of the most dreaded slum: the loss of memory. Even here, oblivion is collective and directed towards a single subject: a sort of Alzheimer’s on the contrary because the girl realizes that people around her forget her. Azusa lives in a constant state of alienation, aware of the negative spiral in which she is precipitating, moving as an alien entity to her own community. Perhaps a bit too “loaded” by the young actress (formerly a component of a music group), in any case capable of making all the melancholy frustration of being never recognized, of having to always re-open new encounters that new ones are, but of which you have only forgotten the previous one.
The screenplay, from the fantasy novel by Hirayama Mizuho, is essentially divided into three phases: the one in which the reactions of the girl appear to be strangely strange to the normal situations involved, the one in which she tells her friend that by a certain From now on all the people around her have begun to forget her, and the one in which even the beloved Takashi loses her memory.
A film of intense looks, though perhaps languishing with too much insistence on the close-ups of the two boys, making the rhythm slow and frayed.
Of course, you may not appreciate the almost “basin” footage of the footage that “save” (at least for a while) Azusa from the “death” of oblivion, as well as intrigues that in a previous encounter both of them were both intending to rent a dvd: him The Truffaut 400 shots, she’s a movie about traveling on time …
All in all, an interesting test for Horie Kei (a young director with an actor past, who began acting in 2001 with the Suicide (Glowing, Glowing) movie. No doubt what most impressed me is how he can emerge in a a film that is in fact a love story between two teenagers, the sense of precariousness of every human relationship, and the nightmare of memory that vanishes. The elderly husband of a woman with Alzheimer’s, at the center where Azusa volunteers, he says, speaking to his wife: “No matter how much memory is lost, time together can not be canceled.” The conclusion of Horie Kei’s film seems to prove the opposite: the loss of memories overwhelms us