Filament

Part youth-rebel movie, part dysfunctional family yarn, Jinsei Tsuji's "Filament" pushes the quirky button a little too hard throughout. Likable but overstretched comedy-drama about a bunch of weirdoes in an unnamed port town doesn't offer much to chew on past the archetypes.

With:
With: Takao Osawa, Haruka Ikawa, Yasumasa Morimura, Jun Murakami, Fujiko, Ginbunchou, Yutaka Matsushige.

Part youth-rebel movie, part dysfunctional family yarn, multihyphenate Jinsei Tsuji’s third feature, “Filament,” pushes the quirky button a little too hard throughout. Likable but overstretched comedy-drama about a bunch of weirdoes in an unnamed port town doesn’t offer much to chew on past the archetypes. Scattered fest dates look likely, largely on the writer-musician-singer-poet’s rep for his previous outre outing, “Hotoke.”

The father (Yasumasa Morimura) is a portrait photographer and serial transvestite; the son, Kyota (Takao Ozawa), hangs out with two psychos (Jun Murakami, Fujiko); the daughter, Asumi (Haruka Ikawa), regularly sleepwalks into her brother’s bed and is being re-wooed by a yakuza (Yutaka Matsushige) who wants to resume their sham marriage; and the mom (Ginbunchou) calmly walks back into the family after 10 years with the words “I’m back.” Real-life photog Morimura, famed for his self-portraits as Marilyn Monroe and others, brings a verismo conviction to the father, who likes nothing better than to shop for a new bra and lense himself in it later. But in general the characters, though well played, have a feel of having been seen before in better movies.

Filament

Japan

Production: An Art Port release of a Matsushita Agency Corp. presentation of a Jinsei Film Syndicate production. (International sales: Art Port, Tokyo.) Produced by Junichi Matsushita. Directed, written by Jinsei Tsuji.

Crew: Camera (color), Takehiro Tsutai; editor, Shuichi Kakesi; music, Tsuji; production designer, Yohei Taneda. Reviewed at Karlovy Vary Film Festival (competing), July 7, 2002. Running time: 105 MIN.

With: With: Takao Osawa, Haruka Ikawa, Yasumasa Morimura, Jun Murakami, Fujiko, Ginbunchou, Yutaka Matsushige.

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