2007. Japan. Naoko Ogigami. 106 min.
Thursday, March 12, 2009, 5:30 p.m.
2007. Japan. Written and directed by Naoko Ogigami. With Satomi Kobayashi, Mikako Ichikawa, Ryo Kase. Megane revisits the pet motifs of hospitality and food set forth in Ogigami's debut feature Kamome Diner (screening on March 12 and 14). In Megane, Taeko, a middle-aged school teacher from the city, arrives at a small, obscure seaside inn in the south of Japan, where she discovers that the quaint residents of this unreal place—including the eccentric innkeeper Yuji—have the surprising ability to create an odd sense of individuated community. Composed in picturesque, planar shots that unfold like a scroll painting, Megane is a wry, subtle, and revealing continuation of the modern comedy of vacations and resorts typified by Jacques Tati's Monsieur Hulot films; a gentle piece of whimsy that suggests Beckett, if Beckett depicted paradises instead of purgatories. In Japanese; English subtitles. 106 min.