The Hollywood Reporter
“The quiet desperation and shattered illusions that often surround normal love affairs may be a less popular film subject than fiery dramatic flare-ups, but they are captured with such tactful sensitivity in Three Stories of Love (Koibito-tachi) that the two hour-plus running time flies by.”
“Three Stories of Love shares three dense, heartfelt stories not on love acquired but on love absent, stripped, or pined for.”
The Japan Times
As these stories develop, their central characters reveal unexpected facets that individualize and elevate them. They are, we see, feeling, thinking beings worthy of attention and, yes, love, for all their flaws. In other words, they are real and familiar, even if we don’t see their exact reflections in our mirrors.