2017 / drama / France, Japon / original title : Hikari / 101’ / Color / status : completed / Japanese / long feature-film / All Rights / International catalog
Misako is a passionate writer of film versions for the visually impaired.
At a screening, she meets Nakamori, an older photographer who is slowly losing his eyesight.
Misako soon discovers Nakamori’s photographs, who will strangely bring her back to her past.
Together, they will learn to see the radiant world that was invisible to her eyes.
“Gentle and delicate, touching and open-hearted”
“A poignant vision of the power of sight”
“A finespun exploration of beauty, impermanence and loss. Typically delicate and as gentle as a balm”
“Naomi Kawase’s demurely delicate Radiance finds in DVD audio description a metaphor for the act of noticing and need to communicate”
“Bathed in honeyed magic-hour light, with a pleasingly diffuse and gauzy quality, the film looks terrific”
“A luminous piece of filmmaking”
The Hollywood Reporter
“The new masterpiece by Naomi Kawase”
“As clever, as moving, Radiance, is a feature which does good”
“Ibrahim Maalouf’s score is of infinite gentleness”
“A humanist and poetic fresco… Overwhelming”
“A subtle reflection on Naomi Kawase’s own art”
“Radiance is a strong competition film from Naomi Kawase and one of my favourites at #Cannes2017”
“Sumptuous, enchanting and warm like the setting sun”