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a simple, honest film about family and childhood innocence,
This review is from: I Wish (Kiseki) [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
I Wish is a simple film about two boys living with separated parents at opposite ends of Japan and their wish to reunite the family. Focusing on children has been the bane of many films, but Hirokazu has the best little actors who imbue this simple film, where not a lot happens, with a heart of gold. These precocious children give it there all and it makes this film where it would break others. The scene where one of the kids has a talk with his mum over the phone is heartbreaking and the heart to heart the same kid has with his dad is hilarious. These kids are wonderful, making for a touching, charming, lovely, and very funny watch. While its true the arc surrounding the more senior members of the family doesn't really go anywhere beyond a tenuous link, and the parents are a bit overlooked. Despite this, Koreeda Hirokazu's film of innocence and growing up is a shoe-in for film of the year at this point - damming with faint praise, I know, 2013 has been pretty shocking so far.