M/Other [1999] • Japan

Suwa Nobuhiro's follow up to the marvelous 2/Duo. This is another mostly improvised, watching-paint-dry indie flick—although it's more mature in content and character. Makiko Watanabe is superb as Aki, a young woman who's shacked up with an older guy, Tetsuro, who brings his eight year old son to live with them while his wife recuperates from a car accident. At first Aki resents the idea, mainly because she wasn't consulted. She knows she will be tasked with most of the chores related to caring for the child, but soon comes to like her new role and is conflicted when it's coming to an end.

M/Other is a subtle film. Competing, confused emotions and transformation of character are observed, and executed, at a very high level.


Director: Nobuhiro Suwa
Starring: Tomokazu Miura, Makiko Watanabe, Ryudai Takahashi, Hiroo Fuseya


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