Evil Does Not Exist (Aku wa sonzai shinai) (LUXFILMFEST)
Ryüsuke Hamaguchi, 106 min, 2023 - Japan
Takumi and his daughter Hana live in Mizubiki village, close to Tokyo. Like their elders before them, they have a modest life in harmony with their environment. The ecological balance of the site is threaten by the plans to build a 'glamorous camping site' in the nearby nature park, offering city dwellers a comfortable escape to nature. It profoundly affects the lives of Takumi and the village inhabitants.
Completely tuned to the rhythm of nature, Ryûsuke Hamaguchi's new film does not obey the laws of capitalism that it denounces. The duality of the early part of the story gives room to a more nuanced exploration of everyone's aspirations, and to an absolute climatic urgency.
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