Before 18 year old Sakuko starts university, she visits her aunt Mikie in a seemingly sleepy coastal Japanese town. Mikie meets up with old flame Ukichi who now manages the local love motel, whilst Sakuko gets to know a young Fukushima refugee who works there. A web of relationships evolve throughout the summer with a tone flitting between poetic teenage whimsy and raw human anxiety. New wave Japanese cinema meets French romantic drama, full of subtle complexities reminiscent in style of Eric Rohmer.
Certificate: 12A Drama | World
Dir. Koji Fukada, US/Japan, 2013, 125 mins, subtitles
Cast: Fumi Nikaido, Mayu Tsuruta, Taiga, Kanji Furutachi, Kiki Sugino