Japanese director Kiyoshi Kurosawa switches gears from supernatural horror to poignant social satire, adapting a script by Australian writer Max Mannix about a middle-aged father (Teruyuki Kagawa) whose life spirals into chaos after he gets laid off. The former salaryman tries to keep his predicament a secret from his wife and two sons, filling his days in line at the unemployment office and local soup kitchen. But his deception strains the family, especially when the younger boy pursues forbidden piano lessons on the sly. Just when the film is on the verge of becoming depressing, it takes an inspired, almost slapstick turn into surreality, as an inept home invader (Koji Yakusho) kidnaps the businessman?s wife and she discovers a connection that?s been missing from her marriage. In Japanese with subtitles. 119 min.
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