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Love Life, A Captivating Depiction Of The Vicious Circle Of Heartbreak

Director Kōji Fukada brings to the silver screen a magnificent cinematic piece that portrays, with utter authenticity, how powerless we are in the face of life, death and often times love. As one of the characters says at one point, there is no science or religion that can protect us from mortality.

Love Life is inspired by a song of the same name, composed by musician Akiko Yano. The film revolves around Taeko (Fumino Kimura) and her husband, Jirō Osawa (Kento Nagayama) facing love and life.

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The Osawa couple lives peacefully with Taeko’s young son Keita (Tetsuta Shimada), until a tragic accident brings the boy’s long-lost father, Park Shinji (Atom Sunada), back into the woman’s life. To cope with the pain and guilt, Taeko throws herself into helping this deaf-and-dumb, homeless man. On top of it more characters create havoc in the Osawa marriage, from Jirō’s former girlfriend Yamazaki (Hirona Yamazaki) to his  mother (Misuzu Kanno) and father (Tomorowo Taguchi).

The bittersweet family drama had its world premiere at the 79th Venice International Film Festival and went on to conquer the Toronto International Film Festival and the Busan International Film Festival.

Kōji Fukada philosophises on unfinished business of those who unexpectedly depart from life, like a simple game of Othello.

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Similarly to the Shakespearean play where the Moor Othello was in conflict with the white Iago and Desdemona, the game brings to the surface the intricacies of romance.

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The green board becomes the emblematic colour of envy, a battlefield where players engulf the pieces of the opponent turning them to their possession, just like the characters of Love Life who get enveloped in the vicious circle of heartbreak.

Final Grade: A

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Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi
Chiara Spagnoli Gabardihttps://www.cinemadailyus.com
Works as film critic and journalist who covers stories about culture and sustainability. With a degree in Political Sciences, a Master’s in Screenwriting & Film Production, and studies at the Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute, Chiara has been working in the press since 2003. Italian by blood, British by upbringing, fond of Japanese culture since the age of 7, once a New Yorker always a New Yorker, and an avid traveller, Chiara collaborates with international magazines and radio-television networks. She is also a visual artist, whose eco-works connect to her use of language: the title of each painting is inspired by the materials she upcycles on canvas. Her ‘Material Puns’ have so far been exhibited in four continents, across ten countries. She is a dedicated ARTivist, donating her works to the causes and humanitarians she supports, and is Professor of Phenomenology of Contemporary Arts at Istituto Europeo di Design in Milan.


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