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Maybe my expectations were a bit too high after seeing Kawase's excellent An, but somehow this did not grip me as much. The story is decent, and the cinematography is good. The shots are pleasing, I would go so far as to call them loving. The music is not bad although a little melodramatic.
However the characters and story did not really pull me in, I did not get attached. It's not that I don't understand the minimalistic Asian approach, it's that I felt the performances were lacking, or the direction, or the editting... The whole thing just did not really gel for me.
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