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A Girl Missing (Yokogao)(2019)
NAME OF FILM: A GIRL MISSING (YOKOGAO)(2019)
DIRECTOR(S): Koji Fukada
STARRING: Mariko Tsutsui, Mikako Ichikawa, Sôsuke Ikematsu
GENRE: Drama Film
SYNOPSIS: Director Koji Fukada and star Mariko Tsutsui have created one of the most memorable, enigmatic movie protagonists in years in this compelling and beautifully humane drama. Middle-aged Ichiko works as a private nurse in a small town for a family, functioning as caregiver for the entirely female clan’s elderly matriarch, and befriending the two teenage daughters; when one of the girls disappears, Ichiko gets caught up in the resulting media sensation in increasingly surprising and devastating ways. Fukada keeps the story tightly focused on Ichiko’s perspective, illustrating with patience and compassion the different forms of trauma that can be created by one event, and – in keeping with the themes of his internationally acclaimed Harmonium – how easily and frighteningly a life can spiral out of control.
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