The film focuses on a homeless woman, dripping with OCD, collecting rubbish around her as imbued with depression she cannot climb out of her wasted vision. Described by her brother as inhabiting a meaningless life, following her death, she has her effects cleared out by her nephew. We are then led onto a murder mystery which loses itself as something more startling appears. It is a painstaking creation of a woman who has ended up in a mess because of family pride, misunderstandings, bad attachment relationships and violence. The film begins with her murder and then works backwards.
Within the film numerous themes are explored with depth. Having undertaken psychotherapy with homeless people over a five year period the rich life stories resonated with the themes explored within this film. It is a masterpiece of depiction, moving between sweetness, despair, depression, humour, love and violence within a flick of a camera frame. Each shot is delivered with flair for colour and composure, the acting is incredible.
The psychological insights within this film are beautifully rendered - existential pain, partner abuse, suicide, murder, lesbianism, the porn industry, family silences, patriarchies, friendships, loneliness, solitude, isolation. Far far above anything produced in the tin cans of England and America as it shifts gears so rapidly. The hues within the film also move with the emotions projected.
Meanwhile we see a very beautiful woman systematically degraded into the antithesis as she journeys along her life path. It is the depth of detail and the insights that emerge from the film, delivered by family and friends which provide the illumination.
This is one of the greatest films of all time, similar to Noriko's Dinner Table in its impact.