Love Exposure (2011)
Critic Consensus: An engagingly funny melodrama as well as an ambitious exploration of sexual behavior, Sion Sono's Love Exposure provides nearly four hours of extremely strange and entertaining cinema.
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as Yu Tsunoda
as Tetsu Tsunoda
as Yoko's Father
as Yû no Haha
as Koike no Chichi
as Reikan Kaiga no Kyaku
Critic Reviews for Love Exposure
Clocking in at 237 minutes, Sino's film possesses a rambling, free-associative structure.
Exhibiting astonishing dexterity, Mr. Sono shapes all this trauma into a narrative that's completely coherent and surprisingly touching, never more so than in Yu's struggle toward sexual maturity.
It's a campy rampage that runs a few minutes shy of four hours, dooming what otherwise would likely be a bright future as a midnight movie.
As the old cliche goes, you will not have another moviegoing experience quite like this one all year.
Love Exposure is, in a sense, Shion Sono's equivalent of the Great Russian novel.
Audience Reviews for Love Exposure
The son of a Catholic priest becomes a master at shooting candid panty photographs, then falls in love with a man-hating schoolgirl and seeks to save her from a cult. This naughty 4-hour comic epic from cult director Shion Sono is a strange and subversive examination of the perversion of purity, and vice versa.
[img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon14.gif[/img] Love Exposure is one of the most interesting foreign works of the year. It's a movie about political, religious and social ideas, and there's a hell of a lot of them squashed together but it doesn't lack for any heart, emotion and is never for one moment dull. The performances of the cast are amazing and in equal measure the direction is very precise. It's a very emotional film and i'd highly recommend it to art house fans because it's one of the most artsy films i've ever seen. The only problems with this movie are that it fails to maintain a consistent tone and a lot of the scenes in it were unnecessary. This can all be ignored though, because it is still immensely entertaining and will take you on a stylishly surreal ride if you have an open mind for films. To put it simply, weird but undeniably wonderful.
Really weird and 4-hour Japanese comedy-action-drama film about the three emotionally abused individuals from the fringes of society get locked in a convoluted love triangle. I couldn't believe this ridiculous story is true and this mix scenes didn't work very well for me. The overall story about love and religion lacks a bit, but the worst thing is how it's played out. There are so many weird scenes that the overall story gets a bit lost on the way, and you have a hard time appreciating the movie as a whole. But I liked the last confrontation scene while Yu gets crazy, Yoko cries, and Aya kills herself, and then there's no sound, everything was in slow motion. That was very momentous.