25 Nov “She-Q” by Tomoaki Yanai
What is the meaning of living when life loses its meaning? Is there really a way to value the passage of time, or are our values just an illusion?
These are the questions that the director seems to pose enacting the meeting and collision of the protagonists whose lives revolve around the death of a girl.
The Japanese middle class, alienated and oppressed by social expectations, is the solid and real ground on which the director seems to project shadows of introspection and individual lives, echoed by the ghosts of the past of each of the characters. Environments, emphasized by photography, are used effectively to bring to the surface the way in which pain is never really private, but spreads among individuals who are simultaneously separated yet united – by family, work, necessity – creating deep lacerations.
Basically, “She-Q” seems, with delicacy and without the pretense of a rhetorical solution, to invite us to reflect on the way in which it is impossible to isolate ourselves from the suffering and joys that coexistence between human beings determines for us.