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The Ravine of Goodbye, Dir Tatsushi Omori, 2013

BFI London Film Festival: The Ravine of Goodbye

16 Oct 2013

Tatsushi Omori’s breakthrough film, a top prize-winner in Moscow, trumps the 'problem macho' stories he’s told before with a transfixing look at a most unusual heterosexual relationship. He starts with the arrest of a mother suspected of killing her child, but the focus is on her neighbours, Shunsuke Ozaki and his wife Kanako, an apparently happy couple with a very active sex life. But there’s a rumour that Ozaki had an affair with the arrested woman, and so a tabloid editor assigns his staffer Watanabe to investigate the man. It turns out that Ozaki has a black hole in his past: as a student he was involved in the gang rape of a young woman, left college without graduating, and hasn’t been able to hold down a job since. But what relevance could this history have to present circumstances? This superbly acted mystery turns on female empowerment and male guilt.

Dir Tatsushi Omori. Scr Makoto Takada, Tatsushi Omori. With Yoko Maki, Shima Onishi, Mayu Tsuruta, Nao Omori, Hirofumi Arai. Japan 2013. 117min. Sales Stardust Pictures.

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