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film writing by nicholas vroman

My House

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My House opens on the homeless Suzumoto (singer/songwriter Takao Ito) hauling his overfilled cart to a little used park. His mentally impaired partner, Sumi (Eri Ishida) follows on her mamachari. They proceed to erect their blue-tarped shelter from prefabbed pieces and plastic cartons. The black and white cinematography and the emphasis on process are reminiscent of New Wave stylings and perfectly fitted to portraying a life of dull daily routine, gathering cans for a meager living. Countering this life is the daily routine of well-off Shouta’s (Sada Murata), his mother constantly masked and obsessively cleaning, his father a distant and stern salaryman. Of course their worlds will clash, to bad ends. Director Yukihiko Tsutsumi, better known for his 20th Century Boys franchise has crafted a thoughtful and heartfelt paean to Nagoya, his hometown. He posits a perverse romanticism of a self sufficient homeless world against a sterile “normal” life, but makes a convincing case with his even handed direction and mostly, a brilliantly sketched cast of characters who bring an emotional heft to the drama that unfolds.

Originally published in EL Magazine, June 2012


Written by Nicholas Vroman

June 2, 2012 at 11:56 pm

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