Film Review: Fear of Missing Out (2021) by Akira Kawachi

A part of the 2020 choice of Pia Movie Pageant, “Worry of Lacking Out” implements an experimental strategy to touch upon the ideas of suicide and loss.

“Worry of Lacking Out” assessment is a part of the Submit Your Movie Initiative

Yujin has come throughout a recorded voice message left behind by Music, a pal from highschool, earlier than she dedicated suicide. Contained in the automobile of a pal, Kou, she begins discussing concerning the impression the message needed to her, finally asking him to get her to a temple the place a medium may probably enable her to speak with the deceased as soon as extra. The dialogue is “interrupted” by scenes exhibiting the recorder whereas Music’s voice narrates her final ideas, and ones of reenactment of what’s heard, with the one concerning her husband, a policeman who additionally commited suicide after capturing a suspect, being essentially the most impactful. Various panoramic photographs of the street, the arrival on the temple through the night time and the morning assembly with the medium conclude the 36-minute quick.

Offered largely in night time or somewhat darkish photographs that often are fairly arduous to discern, Akira Kawachi’s effort showcases his video-art background, by means of a movie that focuses extra on its ambiance somewhat than its context. In that style, the plethora of vignettes that comprise the narrative are fairly spectacular now and again, with the policeman sequence, that appears to suggest that he began contemplating that the person he killed was additionally somebody’s son, the panoramic ones, and the flicking ones that present the deceased woman being essentially the most memorable. Moreover, the message communicated by the general strategy, concerning despair and the sense of loss that dominates these which are left behind, is sort of eloquent in its presentation, with the darkness (each literal and metaphorical) that characterizes the quick working fairly properly in that regard. The day scenes, which is also perceived as a second of hope as the sunshine lastly enters the equation, present a a lot wanted reduction, whereas concluding the film in a approach that results in a catharsis, though this facet stays considerably imprecise, and will have been dealt with a bit higher.

The place the movie fails considerably, nonetheless, is the sound, with the voices being of unhealthy high quality, one thing that turns into notably annoying through the dialogue scenes. The whisper of the recording, alternatively, fits the general ambiance, truly including to it, with the identical making use of to Kawachi’s sloe-paced enhancing, however typically, some enchancment within the technical facets of the film could be somewhat welcome.

For the reason that performing largely contains of discussions and narration, it’s tough to remark upon. Nonetheless, Yujin Lee as Yu-jin and Kojima Ayano as Music voice-acting is prime notch, whereas the previous’s chemistry with Kou Takaishi’s Kou is somewhat evident.

“Worry of Lacking Out” is an fascinating movie, particularlyl because of its uncommon strategy, however Kawachi undoubtedly wants to enhance on the technical facets of his filmmaking if he needs to maneuver to the subsequent stage.



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