Maybe it was the way the cars moved around the streets in such a familiar way, or the fact that everything that was said was said for a reason. Or I wonder if it was the tears of the daughter when she was asked to choose between her father and her mother.
This movie was a amazement for us. Each person was so real. Afterwards, we stood in the theater for an hour, debating motivations and unearthing hidden characteristics. Questions about the legal system, about caring for the elderly, about the amount of responsibility a young person can bear, about patriarchy.
This blows every other film out of the water this year. Even with the translation, the dialogue was pitch perfect, and the delivery of each line was just as it should have been. It is Rashomon-like with it’s focus and clarity on each person’s story. We concluded that this should belong on that level, and be taught in philosophy and ethics courses the world over.