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Memories of Matsuko, Dir Tetsuya Nakashima, 2006

Memories of Matsuko

19 Feb 201127 Feb 2011

★★★★★ "...this is a profoundly compassionate, humanist work." Time Out

A young man clears out the cluttered apartment of his recently deceased aunt Matsuko, and finds amid the clutter the truth about how she came to be beaten to death, homeless and alone, on a riverbank. Kamikaze Girls director Nakashima has created something unique and unexpected, a moving melodrama of a woman's life in which tragedy is offset by wonderful flights of fantasy and moments of magic. Miki Nakatani puts on a brilliant award-winning performance as Matsuko through the ages, from angelic schoolteacher, through to her fall from grace, via prostitution, and her demise into her final tragic years. A collision of visually stunning hues and Bob Fosse-like musical set-pieces cover the 50s to the 80s of this Amelie-esque fairytale of a starry-eyed woman searching for her prince.

Dir Tetsuya Nakashima, Japan 2006, 130 mins, subtitles, cert tbc.

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