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“Biru to Dobutsuen”

by Mizuho Aoki

Director: Takashi Saito

Language: Japanese

A romance flowers between a 29-year-old office lady played by Maki Sakai and a 21-year-old university student, played by Katsuya Kobayashi. But the age gap is not the only issue here. Both main protagonists don’t know who they want to be; Kako, the older woman, spends day after day at her routine, passionless job, and student Shinya has no aspirations for the future. The film looks closely at the couple’s swaying emotions, which, helped especially by Sakai’s engaging performance, feel very real.