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Floating Clouds

Posted by martinteller on April 27, 2008

This one wasn’t much of a pick-me-up either.  It centers around a very dysfunctional, co-dependent couple and the progress (or lack thereof) of their relationship over the years.  Naruse’s films are always well-made, but in my opinion they don’t do much to distinguish themselves, especially compared to similar work by Mizoguchi and Ozu.  Their main characteristic seems to be an air of cynicism.  This one seems to be his most highly regarded, but to me it was neither much better nor much worse than any other I’d seen.  The jumps in time were the most interesting aspect.  As I said, it’s well-made, and I liked it, I just didn’t think it was especially noteworthy.  Rating: 8


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