Masterful! A gem of a movie!
Who would have thought that a film acted in by mostly kids would bethis great? While watching this film, I somehow forgot these kids areacting. They are so natural, so real, that I am willing even to thinkthat this is a documentary.
The characterizations are great, ranging from a responsible olderbrother Akira torn between his obligations and his intense desire to bejust a normal young boy to the quiet second child Kyoko who lookswistfully at other young women, her eyes conveying that longing to be'just like her'.
Yagura Yuuya deserved his Best Actor award at Cannes. The film fellheavily on his 14-year-old shoulders, and he turned out a winningperformance. This ranks at the top of my favorite films.