Monday, 28 June 2010

Millennium Actress (2003) [* * * * * *]

This is a wonderful anime about how the heart yearns for the unreachable. And a story about the karmic origins of unquenchable love.

Chiyoko is a 70 yr old movie star who vanishes from the public eye. One of her devotees goes to get an interview from her about her life.

We're taken through many lifetimes starting with the one where she rescues and hides a painter from the authorities as a child. He goes on the run and leaves behind a key 'to the most important thing in the world' which she wants to return to him. She begins her acting career to follow him to Manchuria, hoping he'd see her movie and come to find her.

The movie spins a web of lifetimes and acting roles of a woman's longing for her first love. It keeps her young and rouses the jealousy of a co-star, the devotion of fans and suffering.

The cinematic style is surreal, but then, so is love.:)

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