Vital ★★★

this isn't a bad movie it's just shockingly subdued when coming from someone as brash as tsukamoto. everything that's a usual hallmark of his craft is softened in order to tackle grief and memory in a thoughtful manner, and while that's fine and i can totally imagine a lot of people connecting with this, i just didn't get a huge amount out of it. it's interesting how the initial set-up of the film teases a mystery element, which is shelved near-entirely in order for the structure to work in a ruminative manner rather than revelatory.