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Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Turtles Are Surprisingly Fast Swimmers (2005)

With her husband away on business most of the time, twenty-three-year-old Suzume (Juri Ueno) spends her days at home being bored and feeling ordinary, feeding the pet turtle daily and contemplating what life would be like if she was an exciting person like her best friend, Kujaku (Yū Aoi).
Using the clichéd but still usually enjoyable dramatic irony that fuels a lot of indie films, Turtles plays around with the reversal that occurs when someone with an average existence suddenly becomes extraordinary but must try to appear ordinary to onlookers. It's fun, but personally I prefer quirks be more subtle than what's used, and I felt the whole thing went beyond whimsical into rather aimless territory. But perhaps that was the goal all along?
My favourite player was the ramen chef, played by Yutaka Matsushige.

2½ inconspicuous activities out of 5

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