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Program: Schoolgirl Complex


Schoolgirl Complex
Sun May. 26, 2013
At 7:00 PM
Place:

TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX CINEMA 2
350 King Street West
Toronto, ON
M5V 3X5
tiff.net

About Schoolgirl Complex:

This program has 1 films.

Sweet-natured Manami (Aoi Morikawa) runs the broadcast club in her all-girl high school. The girls in the club practice elocution with a fervid dedication and take their daily school-announcing duties very seriously. So they aren't happy when dour outcast Chiyuki (Kadowaki Mugi) is foisted upon them by school officials.

Already tossed from the basketball squad and held back a year, the older Chiyuki is both aloof and awkward. Yet her mysterious aura attracts Manami, who makes the unpopular decision of choosing Chiyuki to read from the classic Japanese novella, Schoolgirl, which the club is performing at the annual Arts Festival.

Coming out struggles are a staple of dyke cinema, but seldom are films as wonderfully poetic as Schoolgirl Complex. Director Yžichi Onuma's schoolgirls exist within their own ecosystem, where adults are rarely seen (and nary a boy) and where the sounds of female chatter buzz in the background.

When the girls recite the moving words of Osamu Daza, the acclaimed and tortured author of Schoolgirl, we are swept into their emotional turmoil.

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