VIFF 2012 review: Dreams for Sale

(Japan)
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It’s a bit like a less murderous Monsieur Verdoux directed by a less sunny Aki Kaurismäki in contemporary Japan. In any case, Miwa Nishikawa centres her plot on the machinations of a pair of ruined restaurateurs who decide that bogus offers of marriage just might be the road back to marital bliss and financial prosperity. Doubtless a timely fable, although it will probably seem too cynical to many.

Pacific Cinémathèque, September 27 (1 p.m.); Granville, September 30 (6 p.m.) and October 1 (2:30 p.m.)

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