Three notable films this week, just not all for the same reasons:
Tokyo Sonata, one of 2009’s finest films (domestic or international) is about a family out of sync. From director Kiyoshi Kurosawa, best known for thrillers like Cure and Pulse/Kairo, this very quiet and intricate domestic drama is powerful and affecting.
Nine should have been great; it was, at best, something of a diversion.
Tetro is the latest from Francis Ford Coppola, whose Youth Without Youth indicated a unique and exciting change of direction in his filmmaking style. Tetro has a more straightforward story than Youth, but is just as highly stylized. Another terrific piece of work.