WORLD VIEW

Close-Knit

Karera ga Honki de Amu toki wa

NAOKO OGIGAMI
Japan, 2017
127 minutes, Color
Official website

As anyone who has tried to wield the needles knows, there are as many ways to knit as there are to hold chopsticks. You have to find the method that works for you. So it is with parenting and family, as this thoughtful, offbeat film explores. When her mother disappears on a bender, 11-year-old Tomo (Rinka Kakihara) goes to live with her uncle and his new girlfriend, Rinka. That Rinka is transgender is more of a curiosity than a hurdle to Tomo; more importantly, she cooks, she knits, and she loves Tomo. She's predictable, down to her signature cloth flower. But through Rinka and through the travails of a budding gay schoolmate, Tomo encounters the world's cruelty toward difference. Toma Ikuta—a popular Japanese star who is in fact male and straight—portrays Rinka with all the love she deserves, with passion to spare.—Judy Bloch

In Japanese with English subtitles

WORLD VIEW

Close-Knit

Karera ga Honki de Amu toki wa

NAOKO OGIGAMI
Japan, 2017
127 minutes, Color
Official website

As anyone who has tried to wield the needles knows, there are as many ways to knit as there are to hold chopsticks. You have to find the method that works for you. So it is with parenting and family, as this thoughtful, offbeat film explores. When her mother disappears on a bender, 11-year-old Tomo (Rinka Kakihara) goes to live with her uncle and his new girlfriend, Rinka. That Rinka is transgender is more of a curiosity than a hurdle to Tomo; more importantly, she cooks, she knits, and she loves Tomo. She's predictable, down to her signature cloth flower. But through Rinka and through the travails of a budding gay schoolmate, Tomo encounters the world's cruelty toward difference. Toma Ikuta—a popular Japanese star who is in fact male and straight—portrays Rinka with all the love she deserves, with passion to spare.—Judy Bloch

In Japanese with English subtitles


Sunday, April 22
5:30 PM
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Wednesday, April 25
6:00 PM
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