MVFF: Kawasaki’s Rose (A-)

This 2009 film from the Czech Republic is a marvelous part-drama, part-thriller about family secrets and Communist-era Czechoslovakia conspiracies. I want to call the movie “charming” but that makes it sound like something cute and fluffy, and it’s definitely not that. The cast are universally superb are all of the technical filmmaking elements. Director Jan Hrebejk is masterful at how he reveals both the background (with thankfully little exposition) as well as the unfolding plot. This one has a lot of twists and turns, and Hrebejk delivers them in that way that’s so satisfying and rewarding to experience. I came out of Kawasaki’s Rose thinking “B”, but the more I thought about it, the better it felt. Try to find this one if you can.

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