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I just don't get the stellar reviews...Not bad, just overrated.,
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This review is from: Love Exposure [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
I must admit I came to this film with some expectations, considering all the good reviews -- I am no stranger to Japanese cinema and I deeply respect the works of Shohei Imamura or Nagisa Oshima, just to pick two examples.
In short, I came out of it rather disappointed: the plot felt over-laboured, the photography is average, the music poor. It might be the blu-ray transfer but the colour is not inspiring and does not support the plot, the photography seems to entirely disregard lighting as an art... Not to mention that not being shot handheld would help most scenes. If the conceptual foundation behind the plot was strong or the characters remarkable this would be forgiveable; I do not feel it is the case there.
Mind you, the film is not devoid of intelligence, just that the gems are lost in a thread of noise and indecision.
I don't like a mystery when it comes to going against an apparent consensus, so I set out to understand what is making people so crazy about this film:
- Could it be the transgressions of religious values, sexual norm, gender roles and the family model? I am not certain that this can be unless one comes from a sheltered conservative background. Most of it feels farcical to me, what is somehow constructed gets blown to pieces minutes later.
- Could it be the reversal of social retribution: in most of the film, acting in an antisocial way brings fulfilment and development while acting in a decent way brings misery. Maybe a rebellion against the group before the self mentality?
- Could it be people getting excited about domination and panties?
It must be meant for another audience with different fantasies, different life expriences and a different cultural background.