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I Wish


Rated PG for mild thematic elements, language and smoking.

PG In Theaters 05/11/2012 , 128min.
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Washington Post
The vignettes are linked as much by theme as story, yet they're carefully structured and delicately balanced. Full Review
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
There is a lot of hope in the air in I Wish, but the film never feels sappy. The very appealing score by the Japanese indie-rock group Quruli brings a kind of upbeat energy that matches the clean, open style of director of photography Yutaka Yamazaki, a frequent Kore-eda collaborator. Full Review
David Edelstein
New York Magazine (Vulture)
Koreeda's compositions have a sympathetic detachment that Americans rarely value but is, for many Japanese, the whole point of art. That means you can contemplate the wonder in these glowing young faces without feeling as if you're on an intravenous drip of corn syrup. Full Review
Dennis Harvey
This tale of two elementary-school brothers plotting to end the physical separation their parents' divorce has forced on them effortlessly pulls off the naturalism and charm desired from material that might have easily curdled into calculated preciousness. Full Review
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
Kore-eda does extraordinary work with his young cast, who deliver gentle, natural performances in a beautifully told story of heartbreak and hope. Deceptively modest and utterly lovely, it's one of the most magical films about childhood I have ever seen. Full Review

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