Confessions  {Kokuhaku}
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Awards Buzz : Best Foreign Language Film
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Japan, 2010, 107 Minute Running Time
Topics: Crime, Drama, Thriller, Women
Program: Awards Buzz : Best Foreign Language Film
Language: Japanese English Sub-Titles

Both psychologically and physically confrontational, Tetsuya Nakashima’s mystery-cum-revenge thriller stars veteran actress Takako Matsu (here cast against her usually benign type) as Yuko, a schoolteacher unhinged by the recent death of her toddler daughter. The police labeled her daughter’s death an accidental drowning, but Yuko knows better After a bout of sleuthing she has determined that the child was murdered by two of the 13-year-old boys in her class. On the final day of school, Yuko—who has resigned her post—tells the class what she knows without actually naming the two boys, in the process both instigating and unleashing a series of actions that escalate in both intensity and cruelty…

Producer to attend screenings on 1/12 and 1/13
Nakashima makes what unfolds doubly unsettling by utilizing a bright—even sunny—color palette and moving his camera slowly through the carnage, adding a bizarre and haunting feeling of unreality to his narrative. Not for the faint of heart, Confessions (and there are a number of them here) is a gripping and visceral film, sure to make a perhaps unwelcome appearance in your dreams.

DIRECTOR: Tetsuya Nakashima
Producer: Genki Kawamura
Editor: Yoshiyuki Koike
Screenwriter: Tetsuya Nakashima
Cinematographer: Shoichi Ato, Atsushi Ozawa
Music: Toyohiko Kanahashi
Principal Cast: Takako Matsu, Masaki Okada, Yoshino Kimura, Yukito Nishii, Kaoru Fujiwara
Filmography: Memories of Matsuko (2006), Kamikaze Girls (2004)
Print Source: Toho Company, Ltd.

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