Renko’s mum and dad are splitting up, and her heart is burning. So she plays with fire, tears up the rule book, holds herself hostage, even starts talking to the weird girl in school who’s the only other one with divorced parents. But as Renko watches her childhood go up in flames, she learns how to forge a new self from the embers. Director Shinji Somai is hugely regarded in Japan, but only starting to be known in the West, more than a decade after his death. Formally surprising and emotionally thrilling, Moving is the work of a remarkable filmmaker at the height of his powers.
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Staff Pick: Grace Denton, Digital Publishing Assistant at Watershed, recommends Moving
“I was compelled to see Moving by Mark’s short trailer, a clip of Renko, the young ‘protagonist’ of the film, running full pelt down the road, chasing the car that’s taking her father away from her family. Judging by previous depictions of parental divorce, I was expecting the film to contain over-blown emotions or saccharine moments, but Renko’s performance is so singular and accurate. She is a mass of contradictions, feeling vastly contrasting things almost at once. She is [...]Read more