terça-feira, 8 de outubro de 2013

Tokyo Story - Tôkyô Monogatari (1953)

Yasujirô Ozu is one of those names that prominently figures on critics lists of best directors ever, being this Tokyo Story often considered his greatest masterpiece, and by many nothing less than the best movie ever made. I had the opportunity to watch Tokyo Story on an historical theater in my city and that was one of the best decisions I ever made as a movie lover. The movie tells the story of an old couple that travels to Tokyo to visit their children and grandchildren, however they don't have much time for them. This is a beautiful, simple and poetic story about a gap between two generations, set on a Japan that is being rebuilt after the second world war. A study about the recycling of lives and their loss of meaning as time flows, the loss of social tradition (or the birth of new ones), an universal truth for any era, not just at the 50's, not just at the 2010's, but always. At first, Ozu's directing feels strange, very theatrical (sometimes the actors will perform looking into the camera - into the audience), simple, but effective. You feel the weight of every fixed shot, of every character, of every dialog line, even if its presentation is light. The cruel conclusions are never "concluded" or faced, but isn't that real life? Tokyo Story is one of the most special movies ever made, a poem about life portrayed through a black and white picture that will reach you and stay with you probably forever.

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