Harmonium (2016)

Kōji Fukada directs Tadanobu Asano, Mariko Tsutsui and Kanji Furutachi in this Japanese mystery where a strange loner moves in with a family, pulling at their quiet existence with insidious intent.

Slow burn and open to multiple interpretations, Fukada’s domestic thriller explores the unspoken secrets between people who should have nothing hidden from each other. The whole movie pivots on a shocking incident in the middle so I don’t want to say too much. Don’t expect set pieces or resolution… this is very much an exploration of the sides of ourselves we do not show even to those we share our lives with. Strong acting from Asano and especially Tsutsui. Fukada lays a strikingly simple red and white colour plan onto the often eerily unpopulated suburban world.

7

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