five centimeters per second

The announcement on ahram online about the Japanese Embassy in Cairo screening some animation films by Makoto Shinkai made me check out the one described as his best work to date. What do I know about Japan, but it struck me as depicting a distinctively Japanese sensibility. In its literal sense of how it details sensual experience, and more figuratively in how it deals with the characters’ emotional interiority.  As with all great art, it is universal at the same time. The sadness it evokes is within all of us, sometime, or most of the time. I had never heard of this animator, nor the film. For me it was a memorable viewing experience. Not an upbeat one, so if you decide to go for it, make sure you have some positive emotional desert ready to change mood afterwards.

About roger henke

Still figuring out the story line that would satisfy myself here. Listening to what my family and friends evoke, what the words I absorb, the images that move me, the movements that still me, point to.
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