Homesick

"Homesick" is clearly the work of a talented filmmaker with an interesting, blackly comic vision. This is a road movie of sorts, albeit an exceedingly slow one, and features a bunch of displaced characters looking for something just out of reach. Further fest exposure is indicated.

With:
With: Kiminobu Okumura, Aki Onobara, Hana Yamanashi, Masato Kondo, Hiroshi Komiyama, Shingo Tsurumi.

An intriguing medium-length film from a director who has hitherto made only shorts, “Homesick” is clearly the work of a talented filmmaker with an interesting, blackly comic vision. This is a road movie of sorts, albeit an exceedingly slow one, and features a bunch of displaced characters looking for something just out of reach. Further fest exposure is indicated.

Two main characters are an old man, a former teacher who drives aimlessly along country roads in search of home and past, and a young girl, dumped by her boyfriend, who joins him on his odyssey. Also involved are a suicidal ex-cop and a middle-aged woman with a bundle of cash. Stopovers along the way include a diner where cooked cat is the only dish available, and an isolated house where a man lies dead. Small film casts its spell with minimal resources; camerawork and music are major pluses.

Homesick

Japan

Production: A Mover's Entertainment production. (International sales: Slow Learner, Tokyo.) Produced by Tsuyoshi Miyazaki, Hidenobu Mito, Yukari Hatano. Directed by Hineki Mito. Screenplay, Takehiko Tamiya, Mito.

Crew: Camera (color), Tamiya; editor, Yoko Nishioka; music, Tatsuya Murayama; production designer, Hideo Yoshida. Reviewed at Berlin Film Festival (Forum), Feb. 12, 2000. Running time: 60 MIN.

With: With: Kiminobu Okumura, Aki Onobara, Hana Yamanashi, Masato Kondo, Hiroshi Komiyama, Shingo Tsurumi.

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