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The Mars Canon

Japanese director Shiori Kazama presents a quiet but observant study of love in all its downbeat ambivalence. A fiercely independent Tokyo shop girl (Makiko Kuno) yearns for marriage but endures an illicit affair with a married man (Fumio Kohinata) who seems to want her only for sex. By accident she meets a young woman newly arrived from the country (Mami Nakamura), who forms a strong attachment to her and then moves in next door. Working with subtle actors and complex characters, Kazama captures even the slightest change in emotional dynamics in one long take after another, declining to moralize or psychologize about the unconventional relationships. In Japanese with subtitles. 121 min.

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