Raak mij aan! Touch me!

This gentle but affecting tale about an extraordinary girl, her imagination and isolation features a triumphant young performance and confident debut direction. Both in its moments of sorrow and mischievous whimsy, Amiko is as uplifting as it is heartbreaking. 

Amiko isn’t like other children. Her endless energy and curious eccentricities make her an outcast at school and get her in trouble at home. When a painful family loss disrupts her seemingly idyllic seaside life, her sense of isolation intensifies, yet it doesn’t stop Amiko from inviting people into her world.

Morii Yusuke’s directorial debut is a confident and compassionate story about a child’s imagination. The film balances sorrow with joy and harsh lessons with naive delight – much like growing up. Crucially, Amiko never forgets who is at the centre of the story. The wry humour and detailed compositions of small-town Japan, as well as the film’s hopeful tenor, are reminiscent of Ogigami Naoko or Kore-eda Hirokazu’s works. The gentle and languorous atmosphere is enriched by a score from upcoming folk star Ichiko Aoba.

Kana Osawa delivers an exquisite, force-of-nature performance as young Amiko. Effortlessly natural, her commanding presence and vitality carry great weight whilst ensuring the film never falls into despair. Amiko’s unbeaten spirit in the face of tired adults and uncooperative classmates lets us go through the pain, as well as experience flashes of mischievous whimsy, alongside a spiriting musical sequence that will ensure you’ll never listen to a conga drum the same way.

Thursday 2 February
13:30 till 15:14
Incl. an introduction
Camera 1
€ 10.00
Sunday 5 February
11:45 till 13:29
Incl. an introduction
Camera 1
€ 10.00
Language
Japans gesproken, Engels ondertiteld
Duration
104 min
Country
Japan
Year
2022
Director
Morii Yusuke

IFFR in Groningen

The International Film Festival Rotterdam is coming to Groningen! 

From Wednesday 1 to Sunday 5 February.

IFFR in Groningen is the perfect opportunity to explore unknown, international gems or to discover the special titles of the upcoming film year.

IFFR in Groningen

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