8th September 2022
Golden Globe – Best Foreign Language Film; Academy Awards – Best International Feature; British Academy – Best Film not in the English Language.
Director: Ryûsuke Hamaguchi
Cast: Reika Krishima, Toko Miura, Hidetoshi Nishijima
Country: Japanese/ Korean (English subs) 179 minutes
UK release date: Nov 2021
An aging, widowed actor seeks a chauffeur. The actor turns to his go-to mechanic, who ends up recommending a 20-year old girl. Despite their initial misgivings, a very special relationship develops between the two.
“Ryûsuke Hamaguchi reaches a new grandeur with this engrossing adaptation about a theatre director grappling with Chekhov and his wife’s infidelity.” – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
“Few recent films have demanded to be seen in a cinema as much as this Japanese heartbreaker about the interior life of a theatre director called Yusuke (Hidetoshi Nishijima).” – Kevin Maher, The Times