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Spotlight Cinema: A Girl Missing
October 28, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - November 4, 2020 @ 6:00 pm
Entangled in a crime she had nothing to do with, a Tokyo woman’s life unravels as collateral damage to careless media coverage. A diligent nurse providing at-home care for an aging painter, Ichiko has worked for the Oishos for so long that she’s practically a member of the family. Their world collapses when the Oishos’ youngest is kidnapped; the child is quickly found, but Ichiko is alarmed to discover that the culprit is her nephew. After confiding to the older daughter, she is encouraged to keep her familial tie a secret—a discretion that will wind up costing her everything. Told in a novelistic flashback structure and anchored by a standout lead performance by Mariko Tsutsui, A Girl Missing is a web of tricky questions and hidden motivations.
“Exemplary… a Dostoevskyian tale collapsing the lines between crime and punishment into a complex grey area of juxtaposing social norms and self-serving desires.” – ioncinema
“Deft and absorbing… A Girl Missing is a satisfying slow-burn drama expertly told.” – Screen