A soulful, quiet masterpiece,
At the film's core is a pair of performance that stand amongst the year's best. John Cho, who you are probably most familiar with from his roles in the Harold & Kumar and Star Trek series, continues to morph into one of the most fascinating performers in US indie cinemas. Initially a prickly, dislikeable character, Cho brings depths to Jin as an individual both suffering from grief and trying to find his place in the shadow of a father he never connected with. The actor shares exquisite chemistry with Haley Lu Richardson, who manages to comfortable hold her own alongside her more seasoned co-star.
Kogonada's film (he writes and directs) takes its time, often built around long shots that breathe in the fascinating architecture of its location. Few film's have gained such a personality from where they are shot. The film's score comes from post-rock duo Hammock and it is a beautiful compliment to the skilful cinematography from Elisha Christian, whose composition is exceptional. Every shot feels considered, every creative decision a poised one that give the film resonance, attuning with the architectural ideals espoused by its characters.