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Just Watched: Millenium Actress

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So we just watched this… last night? night before… anyways.

I had already seen this film, but my dearest had not.

I watched this movie when it first came out.  Obviously there was a lot I forgot.  This movie was entertaining, beautiful, comedic and melancholy.

Of course with director Satoshi Kon (Paprika, Perfect Blue, Tokyo Godfathers) you expect something different than your typical linear storytelling, and this delivered.  If you have never seen another one of his films then it might throw you off a bit, as he blends fantasy and “reality” so well.

Several times we found ourselves wondering… is this real??  The story revolves around an aged actress.  She is asked to recall her career from beginning to end.  But the story is not that simple. There is mystery and love.

The animation is simply beautiful and the scenes go by seamlessly.  The scenes are almost too fluid, my brain often needed time to catch up.  We found ourselves laughing and speculating throughout the movie.  At first the story may seen a bit redundant, but it deepens with each retelling, revealing more of it’s secrets each time.

I had been putting off watching Millenium Actress because the last time I watched it, I felt quite sad.  I finally bit the bullet and popped it in.  Amazingly this time I wasn’t as filled with sorrow.  My dearest however was deeply moved.  When the movie ended his eyes were red and his voice was changed.  I have never, in all our time watching films together, seen him even close to tears.  He just stated that this, was a very good movie.

Has anybody else seen it? Thoughts?


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