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A bedridden centenarian, killed, by whom, and what for? Buried, the present and the past in the lake, what terrifying memories lie here? Keisuke, a young detective at the Saiko Police Station, and Isami, a veteran, who investigated the case, picks up suspects from the facility and conduct a relentless interrogation. Behind the scenes, Keisuke has a distorted desire to control Kayo, a caregiver he met in the interrogation. Meanwhile, Ikeda, a weekly magazine reporter who follows the case, finds out that there is a link between this murder case and a drug case that the station has been covering up, but what emerges beyond the investigation is a terrible truth that has been concealed from the past. A terrifying truth... it brings up the darkness from the past beyond the depths of imagination. What will become of the detective and the suspect after awakening to desires that cannot be reversed? (Source: Japanese = thewomeninthelakes.jp || Translation = Charbonnel at MyDramaList ~~ Adapted from the novel "Mizumi no Onnatachi" (湖の女たち) by Yoshida Shuichi (吉田修一). Edit Translation

  • English
  • magyar / magyar nyelv
  • עברית / עִבְרִית
  • dansk
  • Country: Japan
  • Type: Movie
  • Release Date: May 17, 2024
  • Duration: 2 hr. 21 min.
  • Score: 7.4 (scored by 3 users)
  • Ranked: #104263
  • Popularity: #99999
  • Content Rating: G - All Ages

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Charbonnel
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May 19, 2024
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Overall 8.0
Story 8.0
Acting/Cast 9.0
Music 7.5
Rewatch Value 5.0

That happened.

This film is a rather twisted tail, and in short I will say that if the trailer catches your eye, it is probably right for you.

If you’re looking for something dark with lots of tense - at times unbearably so - moments, dive right on in. I’d joke about there being something for every kind of thriller/mystery enjoyer - a tense criminal investigation, the darker side of humanity, forbidden connections being made, untellable desperation.

I have mixed feelings about some aspects upon reflection, however these are possibly gripes to do with target audience not including me. I’d put this down as noir and it was certainly reflected by the cinema audience; that being a handful of senior citizens (predominantly men), a young couple that left halfway through, and myself.

What is done well? Acting, casting, cinematography, visual and sound design. The acting in particular was immaculate, regardless of taste in what was being acted out.

What didn’t sit so well with me? Mainly the meekness of the female lead, which, it later became clear to me was the draw for the target audience. There was indulgence of the male fantasy that may alienate some, as it somewhat did me.

The nitty-gritty with me and the female lead was the obvious choices made about how she used her voice. The deliberately high pitch, soft breathy tone, combined with a stature I might describe as frail in my own bias, did not sit well with me. Most women are not like this, in Japan or otherwise, and it in some ways drew a line that separated the film from plausible reality. I’m not demanding all female characters be strong in stature or have deep voices, I’d just say such an intense portrayal of these typically “appealing” to some, delicate feminine traits, is not really for me. [Again, quite possibly a target audience issue.] Although I will also at this point take time to mention that the other female characters do not embody these same characteristics, which helps. I very much liked the journalist character and all of her onscreen moments.

Nonetheless, I did very much enjoy the film and the setting (in rural Japan, using dialect) gave it a more distinct flavour that allows it to stand out positively within the thriller/noir genre. It also made aspects of the story more plausible because of being removed from the interconnected network of the city.

[Watched at opening weekend.]

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  • Movie: The Women in the Lakes
  • Country: Japan
  • Release Date: May 17, 2024
  • Duration: 2 hr. 21 min.
  • Content Rating: G - All Ages

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  • Score: 7.4 (scored by 3 users)
  • Ranked: #104263
  • Popularity: #99999
  • Watchers: 56

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