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|Laufzeit:||Ca. 101 Min|
|FSK:||From 12 years|
Misako (Ayame Misaki) loves the cinema. She also wants to bring her passion closer to people who cannot see films, but can only hear them. That's why the young woman writes audio film versions. These are presented to the visually impaired, who then give her feedback on what they liked and what Misako could do better. During such a performance she meets the photographer Nakamori (Tatsuya Fuji), who gradually loses his sight. His harsh comments hurt Misako. But they also arouse her interest in the artist, whose paintings evoke unforeseen feelings and memories in her. A delicate bond develops between the two, allowing Miskao to see their world with completely new eyes. But with newly found happiness comes new pain…
With "Radiance" Japanese filmmaker Naomi Kawase has once again staged a silent drama about an unusual friendship between two unequal people after "Cherry Blossoms and Red Beans". And again this friendship opens a new view on their lives to the protagonists. If "Cherry Blossoms and Red Beans" succeeds in this through tasting and the joy of cooking, "Radiance" is about seeing and the beauty of pictures. For Misako, watching films has something sensual about it, which she also wants to convey in her audio film versions.
For Nakamori, images have always been his purpose in life, but he now threatens to lose it forever. Through Misako he learns to deal better with his bitterness and despair as it begins to see the world more intensely through him who loses his sight. Such a story is of course full of poetry and also full of intense pictures. The conversations between Misako and the test audience, but also the quiet moments between her and Nakamori, are among the best moments of a drama that sometimes loses itself a little too slowly.
You have to be able to get involved with the flow of the narrative and the sometimes somewhat strenuous camera work - which, however, makes sense - in order to really enjoy the beauty of the story. Naomi Kawase is a very touching film that not only praises the power of images, but also shows the enormous influence people can have on each other and how important friendship is - regardless of whether it is purely platonic or develops into a romance. A calm, tender film that can be warmly recommended to all lovers of sensitive art house food. Worth seeing
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