(weaning myself off of a too heavy saturated Hollywood diet)...only a (pretty, pretty good) indie movie like this could get away with portraying so intimately the palpable pain of disconnection (even the moments of connection crackle uncomfortably)...the decision to leave much of the foreign (to me) speech untranslated was an inspired choice...afterthought....i'm definitely the Cory in this story....
Atsuko, also the film's co-writer, delivers a wonderful, mostly nonverbal performance. Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai briefly flashed into my consciousness, but mostly I was reminded that the heart is a lonely hunter. There's a constant push and pull between reality as experienced and reality and desired.
"Drink this, drink that"; a Japanese woman being overtly exoticized by white men and not seeming to notice or have any feelings about it; the audience having to bear the idea that Atsuko finds Little Rock pleasant when the main white character overtly talks down on black people and a Mexican employee, but she goes to Manzanar after all. staggering... It had potential for something interesting...
A good little movie! It is shot really well with some good characters and performances. It was a bit strange that the storyline involving Cory wasn't resolved, and quite miraculous that he escaped being beaten up but nevertheless a heartfelt and enjoyable meditation on identity and belonging.
A powerful, moving film about the kinds of what if stories we tell about ourselves. Our pasts. Our futures. A movie about nostalgia for a life we never lived. And the brutality of the present, the life we cannot escape except by way of these dreams and fantasies of other lives and other futures in other places. Small, yeah, but kinda like a small finger pointed at something big. At least, that's how I read it.
Довелося завантажувати vpn, бо mubi показують трилогію Antelope Valley тільки користувачам з США і, здається, Канади. Я раніше думав, що тут для США, Франції та Німеччини просто існує локалізація, а виявилося, що для цих країн існують свої власні програми фільмів, які відрізняються від загальної програми відсотків так на 80. А фільм класний, випаде можливість - обов'язково подивіться.
A conventional piece, with very formal elements. 1: formal to the likes of anthropology; but this insight occurs through a viewer’s bias of the main characters and a guilt that occurs as if someone who you aren’t so close to has caught you doing something personal (something you are not quite proud of). 2: Formal in that it was plain, shots and events left mostly detached from external comparisons.
This is one of the reasons why I love mubi. Mike Ott's Antelope Valley Trilogy is a true revelation and I would have never seen it anywhere else. The real story here is about the forced relocation of Japanese-American citizens in concentration camps during WWII, but Ott avoids the trap of didacticism (unlike Barry Atkins in Medicine for Melancholy, e.g. the visit at the Museum of the Diaspora). Powerful, yet sweet.
(Is there such a thing as Japanese mumblecore? Heh.) Slowly paced, this film tells the story of two young adults from Japan who are looking for their place in America. Hoping for San Francisco, they end up in Littlerock, CA. A story of communication, the lack of miscommunication and human relationships that fall in-between. Not overly engaging, but somewhat interesting, I found.