Love Life

2022 [JAPANESE]

Drama

5
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 86% · 37 reviews
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 100%
IMDb Rating 6.9/10 10 1589 1.6K

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1.11 GB
1280*772
Japanese 2.0
NR
24 fps
2 hr 3 min
Seeds 9
2.28 GB
1792*1080
Japanese 5.1
NR
24 fps
2 hr 3 min
Seeds 13

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by ebeledam 7 / 10

Movie was long with a short story

I liked the movie but there were a lot of parts that were long where the story didn't really change. The film started with a man, woman and a boy. The movie starts with the boy's birthday and get a toy airplane as a present. The boy plays with the little plane in the house and enters the bathroom where he stands on the bath and falls into it. The boy dies and at that moment it gets a bit boring. Things do happen that are important, for example that she meets her ex husband and is the biological father of the child, but then it feels like everything is standing still a bit. The ending is also a bit strange where she sees her boyfriend again and actually even the makers don't know what to add in the film anymore. What was very nice about the film is that the video quality and the landscape of the city and nature sometimes appear.

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Reviewed by CinemaSerf 7 / 10

Love Life

Anyone else remember playing "Othello" (the board game - not the "enemy in your mouth to steal your brains" guy)? I loved it... Anyway, "Taeko" (Fumino Kimura) lives with her second husband "Jirô" (Kento Nagayama) who has cheerfully adopted her rather lively young son "Keita" (Tetta Shimada) who is always playing the game. Indeed he is a champion and part of an online group who thrive at the thing. It's his birthday and he's all excitable. Mum loves a bath but often forgets to drain it afterwards... An accident ensues that leads to her ex-husband "Paku" (the frequently scene-stealing Atomu Sunada) coming back into their lives. He is an homeless, deaf, man and as both work for the local authority, "Jirô" suggests that - not entirely for altruistic reasons - she try to find him an home. His continuing presence puts everyone under a microscope that assesses decisions made and those yet to come for not just the three directly involved, but for grandparents who wanted a grandchild of their own and for people from both of their past lives. It deals with the expected emotions of guilt and torment, but it manages to avoid steeping us in sentimentality nor does it immerse us too depressingly in what is clearly a scenario riddled with grief and "what ifs?". The young Shimada is enjoyable to watch at the start and there is a definite chemistry here as the adults come to terms with their situation. It may seem a little long, but I felt Kôji Fukada paced this well allowing the characters to evolve in a natural fashion and making this quite an enjoyably poignant, at times darkly humorous, tale of family.

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