DVD region 2. Third Window Films
film was in the long list for the 2011 Oscars, but failed to make
the cut for the final selection – a fact that should tell
you (as if you didn’t already know) that such awards are
a farce. I can guarantee you that no winner this year (The
King’s Speech? The Social Network?
Are you serious?) will come anywhere close to the stunning
raw power of either of the two rejects.
From Kamikaze Girls director Tetsuya Nakashima,
Confessions is a bleak, emotionally charged tale
of murder and revenge, told in a uniquely Japanese way –
I can’t see a US remake of this in the immediate future.
It opens with a bravura thirty-minute section that almost works
as a stand-alone film, with teacher Takako Matsu telling her class
about the death of her child – a death caused by two pupils
in that very class. As the story unfolds and the true horror is
revealed, you wonder where the film can go from here, but in fact
it’s only getting started, as the killing and its aftermath
are revealed from various viewpoints in a non-linear manner until
events reach an extraordinary conclusion that wraps things up
in a stunning visual spectacular.
With some effective use of music by Radiohead and Japanese band
Boris, a visual palette that is suitably muted and powerful performances
from all involved, this story – effectively about the making
of a murderer and the social inadequacy of the sociopath –
is wholly gripping, sometimes emotionally shattering and continually
inventive and unique.
be hard pressed to see anything better this year.
Window's DVD offers an impressive package of extras - the main
one being a 70 minute making-of documentary that charts the seemingly
torturous production (the perfectionist director often driving
his young cast to breaking point it would seem) and intricate
post-production development. There are also interviews with the
schoolkids from the cast and several trailers.
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