Director: Hirokazu Kore-eda
Cast includes: Sakura Andô, Eita Nagayama, Soya Kurokawa
127 min / 2023 / Japan, subtitles

Lovingly detailed and accented by an aching score from Ryuichi Sakamoto, who died in March, Monster is one of the finest films of the year, and its structure - like its circle of characters - carries secrets that can only be unraveled through patience and empathy.

By cutting things up and showing us the perils of fractured perspectives, the director demonstrates that compassion is more than just a natural state of being. This absorbing, ambiguously titled movie builds to a moving finish, one that reaffirms Kore-eda's peerless skill at directing young actors.

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