Goodbye! (2021) by Fuka Nakatsuka

“Standing within the lane, I really feel like crying”

Winner of the Runner-up prize at Pia Movie Pageant final yr, “Goodbye!” is a relatively private documentary a few budding filmmaker, (Fuka Nakatsuka herself) leaving her residence for a brand new life in Tokyo, and a visit via each her previous and the 2 cities featured within the film. 

As such, and since Nakatsuka is about to go away the home she lives in Shiga along with her divorced mom, she begins visiting the remainder of her household, after giving a little bit of background information for every of them. First is her older sister, a former delinquent who, in the middle of the film, additionally reveals that she is pregnant. Throughout her go to, although, she learns that her father has not too long ago bought a brand new home, and decides to pay him a go to. Beginning with asking some cash in an effort to transfer to Tokyo, finally she additionally asks some relatively troublesome questions on their divorce, with him admitting that it was his fault, in one of the impactful moments within the film. 

Then she meets her brother, who looks as if  a relatively cool particular person, though within the spiteful means solely a sister can have for her brother, Nakatsuka informs us that he’s not that nice, significantly because of the means he handled his ex-girlfriend. Via these interactions, it’s revealed that the family members usually are not speaking amongst them, though not for any explicit motive, as they only appeared to have steadily drifted aside. 

The second a part of the documentary has Nakatsuka dwelling in a tiny condominium in Tokyo, after a job providing comes her means. Whereas appearing as a lot as a vacationer as potential, checking the favored websites and asking random individuals both to file her or she to file them, she additionally shares so much about herself, largely when the digital camera is pointing elsewhere, finally revealing that the movie can be an effort to beat her introverted nature. 

Principally consisting of intense close-ups, shaky digital camera, and abrupt cuts to something Nakatsuka finds attention-grabbing, significantly in Tokyo, this uncooked strategy, that ceaselessly seems like a house video, additionally induces the narrative with a stress that works fairly properly for the narrative. Her function, of unveiling herself to the viewers in an effort to overcome the aforementioned points, appears to have been achieved, with the digital camera work primarily mirroring her psychological state every time, and her total demeanor. 

In that trend, and though the documentary is relatively private, it nonetheless manages to emit a sure stage of empathy for the protagonist, whereas the ending closes the entire thing in essentially the most pleasant and optimistic trend. 

As such, “Goodbye!” manages to rise a lot above its technical limitations, because of the evident low funds, highlighting that Nakatsuka has what it takes to finally shoot an incredible function documentary, within the type of Wang Bing or Huang Hui-chen’s wonderful “Small Discuss”. 

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