Harmonium - Fuchi ni tatsu
The filmmaking is sufficiently elegant and metronomically efficient as to make every minute gripping.
A deeply affecting narrative of guilt, consequence and failed redemption.
Fukada does well to navigate the complex themes of the story without lapsing into melodrama.
Winner of the Prix du Jury in Un Certain Regard at Cannes, Harmonium observes a family as it’s dealt a tragic blow and then no less shaken by the process of recovery. Toshio (Kanji Furutachi) runs a garage workshop that opens right into the home he shares with his wife, Akié (Mariko Tsutsui), and their cute-as-a-button daughter, Hotaru (Momone Shinokawa). Trouble arrives when Toshio hires Yasaka (Tadanobu Asano), a friend with an unsavory past who’s in need of a break—though the complicated effects of his arrival on the close-knit family are best left unrevealed. A Film Comment Selects 2017 selection. A Film Movement release.