𝕧𝕚𝕟𝕔𝕖𝕟𝕥 🧜🏽♂️’s review published on Letterboxd:
The thing I like most about Only Yesterday is that even if I'm not a girl or Japanese, I can fully relate to the memories, to the frustration, the fear, and the basics emotions steadily growing in Taeko's childhood. Perhaps that means that in the end, it doesn't matter if you're Japanese, German, or American when it comes to the essentials of human existence, especially in childhood. Very few movies come up with such a powerful empathy. It's a quiet and slow masterpiece that speaks a universal language.
Yes, this movie made me cry because it hits so close to home. Sometimes it's really hard to move on with your life when living in the past is so much more comfortable, even if you know deep down it's not what you want.