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All About Lily Chou-Chou(リリイ・シュシュのすべて)

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Japan · 2001
2h 26m
Director Shunji Iwai
Starring Hayato Ichihara, Shugo Oshinari, Yu Aoi, Ayumi Ito
Genre Crime, Drama

A depiction of the lives of two teens, Shūsuke Hoshino and Yūichi Hasumi, from the beginning to end of middle school, where a discontinuous storyline takes them through dealings with childhood bullies, near-death experiences, and changes in their friendship, all underlined by Yūichi's obsession with the dreamy music of fictional pop singer Lily Chou-Chou.

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The New York Times by A.O. Scott

Much of All About Lily Chou-Chou is mesmerizing: some of its plaintiveness could make you weep. If only Mr. Iwai trusted the material enough.


New Times (L.A.) by David Ehrenstein

There's an eerie coolness to this film that's quite unsettling and un-Oshima-like. Rather lengthy, it requires patience. But adventurous moviegoers aren't likely to mind.


Los Angeles Times by Kevin Thomas

Continually jarring. Although the film's narrative thread may prove chronically elusive, Iwai's depiction of what life can be like for far too many teens comes across loud and clear.


Entertainment Weekly by Lisa Schwarzbaum

Gorgeously shot tableaux of random adolescent brutality are interrupted by flashes of computer garble and chat-room talk, backed by ''Lily's'' music, with its blend of Debussy-like arpeggios and Enya-like sighing.


The A.V. Club by Scott Tobias

Drifting through time and space without firmly situating the viewer, Iwai's elliptical style requires patience, but also a willingness to be carried along by its gorgeous, dreamy lyricism.

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