Despite sharing a residence, Seri (Nodoka Kawanishi)—a schoolgirl living with her widowed mother—and Toko (Mei Fujiwara)—a young woman who has taken in an amnesiac named Sana (Mariwo Osawa)—seem to live their lives in parallel universes. As time goes on, however, the liminal spaces between them begin to converge and intertwine in enigmatic ways. The debut feature by Yui Kiyohara (who made the film as a thesis project for film school at Tokyo University of the Arts), Our House elicits an aura of mystery and intrigue that imbues the domestic drama with a beguiling ambience and recalls the works of mentor Kiyoshi Kurosawa.
“Boasting a delicate screenplay, discreet performances and an audacious ending which leaves the central mystery unresolved, Our House signals a promising auteur in the making” —The Hollywood Reporter
“Kiyohara has a conviction in her alternative reality — and a talent for evoking it — that smooths over the quibbles. Our House is also your house, if you can dream it.” —The Japan Times
Streaming in the U.S. from February 5-25 as part of 21st Century Japan: Films from 2001-2020
In Japanese with English subtitles