23 June 2013

KISEKI / I WISH (Dir. Hirokazu Kore-eda, 2011, Japan) - Moments in Time

Towards the final third of Kiseki/I Wish, and before the metaphysical moment at which the trains pass each other, Kore-eda makes use of a montage comprised of thirty exacting shots. This shared montage that references the past, fragmenting time and space, sensitively articulates the memories of twelve year old Koichi. We may be familiar with the narrative context of these shots and can situate them largely from the perspective of the children in the film but the most trivial of everyday details are deliberately personified, coming together to form a pattern and structure in life that can go unnoticed by most adults. Most simplistically, the montage is Koichi's longing for his parents to be re-united and for a permanent union with a brother whom he misses. However, by isolating, and in fact pausing on such fragmented, desultory visions of time and space, also underlines another certainty; that childhood happens with a hurried ordinariness. Furthermore, if this is a montage about Koichi remembering the events of the past few days then it could also be potentially interpreted as a visual acknowledgement of a transition into adulthood. Koichi's estrangement is poignantly manifested in many of the shots since a sadness lingers throughout the abstract framing. In many respects, the purity and clarity of Koichi's seraphic world reverberates in the wonder of this thirty shot montage:


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