Short Film Review: Palette (2020) by Yurugu Matsumoto

In the final years, throughout the pandemic, we have all had our fair share of experiences when it comes to becoming restricted and restricted in our lives. When all the measures surely have their legitimacy, albeit some have seemed really intense in their definition, there is no denying becoming confined in one’s household for a whilst reminds you of how you take points or events for granted, from going to a restaurant, going to the cinema or just the notion of hugging your mates when you meet them once again following a extended time. Like absolutely everyone else, director Yurugu Matsumoto has been via related experiences and has decided to discover them additional in his science-fiction brief “Palette”, which receives it planet premiere at this year’s Japan Filmfest Hamburg.

Palette is screening at Japan Filmfest Hamburg

In the course of the pandemic, the coronavirus has mutated and has turn into far more infectious and deadlier, creating it essential for the Japanese government to take far more precautions, resulting in people today obtaining to put on gas masks even in their personal houses and citizens becoming basically observed 24/7, and becoming topic to fines and other punishments for any violation of the guidelines. In order to establish a protected space from the virus and possibly even coming up with a remedy, a scientist has set up his laboratory at an abandoned university campus, along with some of his colleagues and mates. When they have managed to make a sense of safety from the virus, enabling themselves to put on no masks inside, their provisions come to an finish, bringing a sense of desperation and sadness to the group.

Even though the version of the pandemic Matsumoto shows in his function is really bleak and really dystopian provided how the mutations of the virus have shaped the political landscape, “Palette” aims to highlight the human layers of the lockdown and fighting an enemy that is basically invisible. The group of characters, scientists and standard citizens mirrors society, a sum of its fears and anxieties, but also the longing for a sense of connection, some thing the virus and the measures of the government took away from them. Moreover, the sense of their neighborhood approaching its finish, becomes a catalyst for these feelings, resulting in a assortment of encounters and events emphasizing their mental state and the deterioration of the group.

At the similar time, the use of black-and-white photography adds to the feeling of impending doom, with the setting establishing a claustrophobic, tense atmosphere in a lot of scenes. Having said that, this strategy also stresses the need to have for a deep connection, evident in the actor’s performances, displaying characters whose physical hunger is only overshadowed by their need to have to shake someone’s hand or hug a person.

In conclusion, “Palette” is an intriguing brief function, exploring the human dimension of the lockdown and the nonetheless ongoing pandemic. Yurugu Matsumoto blends scenes and visuals of bleakness and desperation, with moment of neighborhood and hope in an all round really strong directorial work.



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