Love Exposure
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Tokyo teen Yu Honda (Takahiro Nishijima) is the traumatized son of a widower-cum-Catholic priest (Atsuro Watabe), who begins a sexual liaison with parishioner Kaori (Makiko Watanabe). When Dad's affair comes to a halt, he begins admonishing his son to confess to so many sins that the 17-year-old takes up new ones to appease his father's increased religious zeal. One "sin" - surreptitiously taking candid photographs of panties worn by female pedestrians - becomes a vocation. Unfortunately, a deal with a porn company comes undone when Yu turns down starring roles, because he… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Exhibiting astonishing dexterity, Mr. Sono shapes all this trauma into a narrative that's completely coherent and surprisingly touching, never more so than in Yu's struggle toward sexual maturity."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"Love Exposure plays like a marathon greatest-hits-and-misses mixtape. If you see only one Sono film, check out this flick; you will have then seen them all."
‑ David Fear, Time Out New York
"Clocking in at 237 minutes, Sino's film possesses a rambling, free-associative structure."
‑ Chris Chang, Film Comment Magazine
"The more you can let this amazing, unbelievable film overwhelm you, the better."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"A strange, deftly scripted brew, alternately involving and distancing, and often very funny."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"It's a campy rampage that runs a few minutes shy of four hours, dooming what otherwise would likely be a bright future as a midnight movie."
‑ Mark Jenkins, NPR
"Would the film be easier to take in a more condensed form? Of course it would, but then it wouldn't be the singularly overwhelming oddity that it is."
‑ Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times
"Manga-indebted but without lens trickery, this is exhilarating cinema experience."
‑ Donald J. Levit, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"Love Exposure is, in a sense, Shion Sono's equivalent of the Great Russian novel."
‑ Simon Abrams, Slant Magazine
"A colourful four-hour rom-com that feels both small and intimate. And it's never dull for a second."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"As the old cliche goes, you will not have another moviegoing experience quite like this one all year."
‑ David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle
"A swooning, often riotously funny melodrama charged with a refreshingly perverse undertow."
‑ David Jenkins, Time Out
"This four-hour opus about the fury of love and the love of fury is ritually fascinating, often excessive and, with a caution the film wields like a blade, achingly poignant."
‑ Sara Maria Vizcarrondo, Boxoffice Magazine
"It's different, but it's exhausting. Without ever being funny, it keeps up a strident, cartoonish tone for all of its four hours."
‑ Edward Porter, Sunday Times (UK)
"Complicated and long but deftly handled adventure/caper/satire that ends up being thoroughly entertaining."
‑ Philip De Semlyen, Empire Magazine
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