highbrow yet total garbage
there's no other film that captures with such brutal perfection what it is to be alive at this point in history. the complete and utter hopelessness of certain yet preventable doom; the spiritual and moral despair over what can be done; and the necessity of reaching outward despite that.
"do you realize what you're destroying?"
"yes, of course."
made my heart feel full! also made me want to smoke cigarettes. renata reinsve and anders danielsen lie both give stunning, vulnerable performances. it's moving, but it's also irreverant and sharp. watching this made me feel how reading sally rooney does.
a movie i am very grateful to have seen. kōji yakusho is magnificent. this made me think about jeanne dielman a lot - both in its examination of repetition and solitude, and in yakusho's ability to say so much with hardly any words. but in perfect days, hirayama chose his life, and lives it with intention, while jeanne has it forced upon her. a very hopeful film, if not quite a happy one.