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37 Seconds

By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Intimate look at coming of age of woman with disability.

Movie NR 2020 115 minutes
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Director Hikari is vigilant about telling this unconventional story from the protagonist's point of view; she's created a rite-of-passage tale that's enlightening and heart-rending. The performance of Mei Kayama (social work is her "day" job) is stunning and remarkable. Her openness, her lack of vanity, and the way she inhabits "Yuma" are astonishing. Other actors shine as well. Misuzu Kanno as Yuma's mother gives a nuanced, graceful performance, as does Makiko Watanabe as Mai, the successful "courtesan" who befriends her. Shunsuke Daito, who plays Toshi, a van driver who becomes her most important ally, is wonderful as well.

Toward the end of 37 Seconds, there are some twists and turns that bring melodrama to what has been largely an insightful character-driven piece. Even those scenes contribute to the heroine's evolution with humor and poignancy. Highly recommended for mature older teens and up.

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