A film by Koji Fukada
(Japan 2013 I 126 mins I cert 12A)
Before 18 year old Sakuko starts university, she visits her aunt Mikie in a seemingly sleepy coastal Japanese town. Mikie meets up with old flame Ukichi who now manages the local love motel, whilst Sakuko gets to know a young Fukushima refugee who works there. A web of relationships evolve throughout the summer with a tone flitting between poetic teenage whimsy and raw human anxiety. New Japanese cinema meets French New Wave in a languid summery tale full of subtle complexities reminiscent in style of Eric Rohmer.
★★★★ The Guardian
“There is a wonderful charm and a sensuous languor in this Japanese movie” (Peter Bradshaw, 23 April 2015)
★★★★ Daily Telegraph ★★★★ The Sunday Times
★★★★ Evening Standard
About the Filmmaker
Born in Tokyo, Japan, in 1980, Koji Fukada completed his first film The Chairin 2004. In 2006, he wrote and directed his second film, La Grenadière, an animation based on a short story by Honoré de Balzac.
Fukada’s last film Hospitalité (2010) enjoyed international festival success and won the Japanese Eye Award at the Toronto International Film Festival.
The Guardian ★★★★: “there is a wonderful charm and a sensuous languor in this Japanese movie” (Peter Bradshaw, 23 April 2015)
The Guardian: “Why Au Revoir l’été is the film you should watch this week” (Peter Bradshaw, 24 April 2015)
The Sunday Times ★★★★: “Nikaido’s intelligent cheerful heroine immediately has you on her side.” (Ed Porter, 26 April 2015)
The Daily Telegraph ★★★★: “an irresistible mix of the fresh and familiar” (Robbie Collin, 21 April 2015)
Evening Standard ★★★★: “you’ll be charmed by a drama that has all the demure power of an Eric Rohmer classic” (Charlotte O’ Sullivan, 24 April 2015)
Little White Lies ★★★: “unequivocal expression of the cultural and political now in modern day Japan” (David Jenkins, 23 April 2015)
Time Out ★★★: “a valuable portrait of something like the real Japan” (Trevor Johnston, 20 April 2015)
The List ★★★ (Clarisse Loughrey, 20 April 2015)