November 30, 2012

Kotoko (2011)

kotoko (2011)
Directed by: Shinya Tsukamoto
Country: Japan

Review: “Kotoko” is a horror tale with touches of art-house, directed by the unconventional Shinya Tsukamoto, who also participates as an actor. It tells the story of a young mother (played by the singer Cocco) struggling with depression and self-contempt and whose child was taken away due to suspicion of abuse. She truly believes she’s a bad person and ends cutting herself with a razor just to feel alive. Her mind doesn’t rest as she imagines things associated to whatever she might see on TV or in the streets. The portrait is well set, yet there are also some volatile situations during the movie, including a peculiar relationship with a novelist, always maintaining the ambiguity that suits its baffling intentions. This severe disturbance of the mind will please the fans of psychological horror but not those who are looking for a good story.

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