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Last Life In The Universe

A few months since I've seen this and I still find myself thinking about it. Been wanting to write about it but really feel at a loss. How to describe it? The dilemma reminds me of an interview with Cocteau Twins. When asked what the deal was with their music they said (something like): "hey, we're musicians, if we could say it with words we would be writers instead!"

The film captured for me a feeling I frequently have. One that's hard to describe, but let's see... a feeling of melancoly upon meeting people. Sometimes when I meet people I have the sense that there is some spiritual connection that we were fated to meet--yeah, I know this sounds corny--but inevitably no matter how close you get to someone each of us is still fundamentally alone. Make any sense?

Hmm... maybe it's easier to talk about what happens in this movie than to say what it was about:

An obsessive compulsive neat freak librarian stands on a pile of books. A noose around his neck. In his hand a note: "This is bliss". He's interrupted from suicide by the insistent ringing of the doorbell. It's his brother, a japanese gangster who is on the run from the yakusa in Osaka. He slept with the boss's daughter...

Their relationship is one of contrast. Kenji--neat, quiet, unassuming; the brother loud, obnoxious, messy. While he drops cigarette ash onto the carpet, his feet on the coffee table, Kenji carefully places a six pack of beer in the refrigerator, turning each can so it's label faces forward.

Working at the library Kenji catches a glimpse of a young women dressed in a school girl's uniform. Turns out the woman is a bar hostess and her mode of dress serves as another type of uniform. She works with her sister in a club that caters to men's fantasies.

Curious about the girl, Kenji checks out the children's book she was reading and leaves work. On his way home he stops on a bridge to comtemplate suicide. As He stands on the railing preparing to jump, he turns and sees the same girl in her school girl uniform. The exchanged glance and recognition distracts them both. Him from his suicide and her from the approaching car which stikes and kills her.

Since Kenji has killed a hitman who has killed his brother--leaving their bodies in his apartment--having no where else to go, he goes to live with in the countryside with the grieving sister--also a bar hostess/prostitute/sex worker.

The rest of the story concerns the relationship that develops between this unlikely pair.

The film is more about mood and character than story. For me it evoked a sense of the tenuous nature of relationships and life. How it can be sweet and sad at the same time. That feeling I get sometimes upon meeting someone. Some meaning or connection underlying things that somehow eludes me.

Jessica Winter, Village Voice: Suicidal Librarian, Chain-Smoking Slob Discover Life's Elusive Symmetries



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