Watashi wa tsuki no katawara ni

Valerie Bäuerlein
Germany, Switzerland | 2021 | 87 min
World premiere
Language : Japanese
Subtitles : English, French

In Japan, the term hikikomori designates people who isolate themselves from society. Nanako, aged 24, joins in the activities of an organisation that helps withdrawn young people to reintegrate. With modesty, Valerie Bäuerlein follows the path of the young woman as she regains confidence in herself. The portrait of an increasingly competitive and oppressive society is implicitly sketched. 

Social and educational pressure is pushing more and more young people to withdraw into isolation. In Japan, the term ’hikikomori’ designates people who cut themselves out from society. Hidden under her fringes, Nanako, 24, joins in the activities at the Yoka Yoka Centre, an organisation that helps withdrawn young adults to reintegrate. With modesty, Valerie Bäuerlein follows the journey of this young woman as she learns to to live with others again and regains her self-confidence. The Lunar Course of My Life succeeds in capturing the moving story of a person puts her feelings into words and finds the courage to express herself once again, through speech or drawing. Nanako’s sensitivity—which seems to be a weakness in this society—is highlighted here. The film also paints a unique portrait of this Japanese institution, located in the north of the Kyūshū island. The director succeeds in taking the pulse of one increasingly competitive and oppressive society. 

Alice Riva


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