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A.k.a.
Air Doll
Year
2009
Runtime
125 min.
Director
Kore-eda Hirokazu
Genres
Drama, Romance, Fantasy
Rating *
6.9
Votes *
3,825
Checks
627
Favs
61
Dislikes
12
Favs/checks
9.7% (1:10)
Favs/dislikes
5:1
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  1. mandapuspi's avatar

    mandapuspi

    A doll longs for feeling, love, and compassion. Touchy! 13 years 2 months ago
  2. John Milton's avatar

    John Milton

    Beautiful. What may sound banal or even ridiculous in a synopsis becomes a sensitive, intimate and poetic quest in the hands of Koreeda.

    I can't believe this isn't on a single official list (as of 2023).
    1 year 5 months ago
  3. Siskoid's avatar

    Siskoid

    A sad fantasy signed Hirokazu Koreeda (Shoplifters), Air Doll stars Bae Doona (The Host, Cloud Atlas) as an inflatable sex doll who, one day, comes to life. Unlike Kim Catrell in Mannequin, who is turned into flesh and blood, she's still a blow-up doll, with seams along her limbs and in fear of losing her air. And that's all in service of the movie's central metaphor - she feels hollow, empty, and tries, like many of us, to fill that emptiness with... a job, a love, a child, a sense of closure. Koreeda interlaces the narrative with the lives of secondary characters who feel hollow too. This is the human condition. No surprise, Koreeda treats his creature with incredible dignity and Doona is up to the challenge of making us believe she is seeing and understanding the world for the first time, as we track her growth from innocent child to disappointed adult. Remove the fantastical filter, and she is a kept woman, hollowed out by a relationship in which she is well treated, but does not love the other person. But then you'd lose her journey's existentialist extremes. And it's always a joy when you absolutely don't know where a film is headed from moment to moment. A lovely lyrical experience born from a lascivious premise. 1 year 11 months ago
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