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Two friends who work in the same oshibori laundry are lost in the drudgery of everyday life. They hang out together, barely functioning and barely communicating. Their middle-aged boss makes a desparate attempt to connect with them with disasterous consequences. Their future is far from bright.
Chicago Reader by
An alternately comic and macabre portrait of a deranged friendship.
An enchantingly cryptic, ethereally photographed slice of somber surrealism that should definitely appeal to fans of David Lynch and Luis Buñuel.
Occupies wavelengths too remote to be tuned in by audiences other than diehard Asian esoterica enthusiasts.
TV Guide Magazine by
More high - but strangely touching - weirdness from acclaimed Japanese auteur Kiyoshi Kurosawa.
Entertainment Weekly by
The most spellbinding aspect of Bright Future is that the surrealism sustains its own squiddish logic, concluding with one of the most breathtaking film finales of the year.
The New York Times by
Casts its spell by drawing out the horror of everyday existence bit by bit, and then tossing in some otherworldly weirdness that makes the hair on the back of your neck try to run for cover.
Village Voice by
Kurosawa strolls through his narrative with relaxed confidence, suggesting apocalyptic significances without assuring us that he has anything particular on his mind.
New York Daily News by
Bright is pretty to look at, but it's a slow-moving, meandering work that isn't as complex or mysterious as it appears.
Boston Globe by
The movie has a curious and cumulative power.