Vital ★★★★

Whenever I step into a Tsukamoto film I’m ready for something deeply grotesque and rough. Well Vital couldn’t be more opposite. It is a touching, almost gentle, emotionally wrenching film about grief. And it’s impressive to see him to show his versatility in creating a film more subdued than the majority of his filmography. 

The brilliant framing is still there. The minimalist compositions and incredible capture of human behavior and emotional exploration but this time he has a more gentle hand. It feels like he is doing a service for those in struggle with painful moments of loss and it’s touching. 

It’s will go down as an underrated one in his filmography. But I think a good one.