Plot: Two twentysomethings -- one suffering from cerebral palsy -- develop a touching relationship in quirky love story 'Josee, the Tiger and the Fish.' Angling fests will find a good catch, with troika of provocative subject matter, assured direction and compassionate perfs earning pic selected arthouse berths and ancillary action.
While working at a mah-jong parlor, university student Tsuneo (Satoshi Tsumabuki) has a bizarre meeting with the reclusive Kumiko (Chizuru Ikewaki), who calls herself Josee (from a Francoise Sagan character), a feisty invalid without use of her legs whose grandmother wheels her around town in a baby carriage for exercise. After a most unusual courtship the two become lovers. Expanding on themes of his charming short feature 'Two People Talking' and gentle comedy of manners 'Across a Gold Prairie,' indie helmer Isshin Inudo continues to eschew maudlin melodrama in favor of finely drawn characters who balance defiant eccentricity with fundamental decency ('Cut off your legs and see what it's like,' proud Josee tells Tsuneo's former flame). Tech credits are pro across the board; title refers to a caged cat and phantasmagorical sea creature Josee's taken with during lovers' jaunts.
«Josee might be a drama, but it never tries to force your feelings the way a TV-drama does. You probably won't cry, but you will definitely smile and perhaps feel your eyes wet a bit when you see Josee, not to mention the tiger, and especially the fish.»
Lunapark, bu luna6source:
«Anyways, this is one of those films where writing about the substance would not be as helpful, because the visuals, ambient sounds, and soundtrack all combine with the characters of Josee and Tseuno to make an extremely special type of film. You have to see it and experience the world they live in.»
«Jozee to Tora to Sakanatchi finds more substance in its characters rather than its text. Their strength gives us the rare experience of forgetting that we are dealing with fiction and just focus on the characters' path, not questioning the screenplay but their choices instead. And this is one of the most satisfying feelings you can get out of a motion picture.»
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