Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Sean Kelly

Fantasia 2015: Nowhere Girl

From Mamoru Oshii (Ghost in the Shell) comes this film about a teenage girl suffering from post traumatic stress disorder.  Ai (Nana Seino) is a student at an all-girls school, who often remains silent in her art classes and often goes off to do her own thing, including the construction of a large structure in the school's auditorium.  The other students at her school are annoyed about how she gets free reign, while her teachers are concerned about her worsening mental state.  It soon revealed what exactly is going on in this girl's mind.

Director Mamoru Oshii is best known for his work in anime, particularly 1995's Ghost in the Shell. This resulted in me having some level of expectation in regards to Nowhere Girl.  However, I was a bit disappointed to see that the film is a bit of a slow paced low key affair.  Much of the film has a very dreamlike feel to it, with a very classical score and various artistic shots of sculptures. While there is something more than meets the eye in regards to Ai's fractured psyche, the film takes its time getting there.

The biggest saving grace for Nowhere Girl is the final 15 minutes or so, which turns into a completely different film.  The ending is a quite unexpected turn of events and it results some pretty crowd-pleasing moments.  However, my only wish is that this section of the film wasn't such a slog to get to. While I was most definitely somewhat disappointed with Nowhere Girl, it is still worth checking out for the ending.

 ★ ★ ★ 1/2 | FAIR  

Sean Kelly

About Sean Kelly -

Sean Patrick Kelly is a self-described ├╝ber-geek, who has been an avid film lover for all his life. He graduated from York University in 2010 with an honours B.A. in Cinema and Media Studies and he likes to believe he knows what he’s talking about when he writes about film (despite occasionally going on pointless rants).