Wednesday, September 27, 7:00 PM @ AMC River East 21

CLOSE-KNIT (彼らが本むときは) – MIDWEST PREMIERE

Director: Naoko Ogigami

Starring:  Toma Ikuta, Kenta Kiritani, Rinka Kakihara

Film Source:  Nikkatsu Corporation

Japan | 2017 | 127 Minutes | In Japanese w/ English subs | Genre: Drama

 

Synopsis: After being neglected by her mother, 11-year old Tomo is taken in by her uncle Makio to live with his pretty girlfriend Rinko, who proves to be an excellent surrogate mother except for the fact that Rinko is a transgender.  Premiered in Berlin’s Panorama sidebar earlier this year, Ogigami’s Close-Knit is “unmistakably sentimental but with an earnest and playfully subversive undercurrent of humor running through.” Berlin 2017 review, thefilmstage.com.

 

"The whole film rises or falls on Ikuta’s performance as Rinko …. Ikuta plays Rinko as a natural woman…. in other words, as far from the stereotypical campy drag queen as can be imagined.” Mark Schilling, The Japan Times

 

"Japanese transgender drama which takes a cuddly approach” – Screen Daily  

 

“…. the knitting motif is one the film returns to repeatedly as a bonding metaphor….This is a warm, practical, pastel-shaded cardigan of a film.” – Variety