Byôsoku 5 senchimêtoru (2007)
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5 Centimeters Per Second is a short, one-hour anime subtitled "A Chain of Short Stories About Their Distance" is a meditative piece about young love stymied by just that - distance. Spatial distance, emotional distance, temporal distance, in its various segments. All look beautiful and are almost made up of stills, or brief moments, impressions, that have lingered with the characters. Their inability to reach out and go the full distance isolates them in each of their realities, preventing real contact and intimacy, except in the most furtive of manner. The title is about a speed that can either seem slow or fast, it's not clear and within the stories, is relative. For the characters and thus for the audience, time seems to distend or contract according to the point of view. It's either going to take forever to get the lovers together (the first 20 minutes feel like an hour, truly), or there is never enough time to make them have their moment together. A brilliant piece of film-making that justifies the one-hour format we never see as a feature on this side of the world.
Poetic, tearjerking, killing. What should I add? Scintillating? This movie is fuckin' stunning. Well, compared to another romance movie, it doesn't have much super dialog. But its exceptional graphic and scene shine and will fascinate you. I look forward to see another Makoto Shinkai movies.
For anyone familiar with Studio Ghibli's 'Only Yesterday', 'Whisper of the Heart' or 'Ocean Waves' this is a very familiar story of school days, first love and growing up, but told in a three part structure featuring some exceptional animation. Although the story is mostly involving and it all looks wonderful the images aren't given time enough to breathe - for the first 30 minutes you're barely given a second to take in one gorgeous shot before it's replaced by another - a mistake when you're depending on imagery over plot. But that's forgivable - until the end - when 55 minutes of lovely work is destroyed in a hideous five minute music-video conclusion, featuring a terrible Japanese pop ballad, that smells of either money or ideas running out. A real shame.
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