Kuroneko ★★★★★

I am hard-pressed to think of a film that better understands the singular hypnotic power of negative space and how light travels through it. I know “painting with light” is a ripe way to describe the accomplishments of the best cinematographers, but very little embodies it like “Kuroneko.” It is one of the most beautiful films I have ever seen. It’s also a compelling slice of rural folklore, told with narrative and editorial panache, much of it learned from Rashomon but it has a leanness—and a meanness—all its own. It’s a masterpiece.