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Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy

Directed by Ryusuke Hamaguchi
121 minutes
Japanese director Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s intimate psychodrama (Silver Bear, Berlinale 2021) features a triptych of stories about three coincidences and three complicated women.
Director Hamaguchi (Happy Hour, 2015) is a master of twisting expectations. Each story is a collision between two people, leading to shocking and unexpectedly moving outcomes. A model gossips with her friend about a relationship that is closer to home than either of them could have anticipated. A mature age student sets a honey trap for a professor, only to be confronted by his candour. The final story, shot during Japan's COVID lockdown, is set in the near future. Two women, separated for decades, reunite in an emptied Tokyo – before making a startling discovery. These magical tales of chance and desire are tempered by Hamaguchi's naturalistic style – each not-quite romance fully conveys the messy, miraculous nature of life.
This trio of stories is elegant and amusing, with a delicacy of touch and real imaginative warmth.
The Guardian


Sun 13 Feb
Katherine Cinemas
Past Event Cancel
In Japanese with English subtitles
Ryusuke Hamaguchi
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