LOVE LIFE – Review by Valerie Kalfrin

Politeness blankets the relationships and conversations of the Japanese drama Love Life, making emotional moments burst like flashes of light. At first, this seems like part of the culture, but after a child’s sudden death, such manners carry the weight of grief, showing people who hesitate to say much lest they say something wrong. A believable portrait of grief and its aftermath, Love Life shows us a likable couple in crisis, one where viewers will be curious to see what happens next.

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A GIRL MISSING – Review by Liz Braun

Much is in the eye of the beholder with A Girl Missing, an enigmatic drama from director Koji Fukada. Part character study and part psychological thriller, the story concerns the damage done both by things said, and things unspoken; one woman’s life is turned upside down because of a crime that has almost nothing to do with her. Until the pieces begin to fall into place, a viewer is unmoored and uncomfortable, and we mean that in the best way.

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