Four days ago, I saw a movie. I’ve seen it two more times since then. I don’t really watch movies often, and I rarely find myself truly moved by them, but Nakashima Tetsuya‘s Kokuhaku, adapted from Minato Kanae‘s award-winning novel of the same name, was something else entirely.

At its core, Kokuhaku is the story of a junior high school teacher, the death of her child, and the revenge she seeks upon those responsible for it. That is, if you’re really, really trying to condense it. It’s truthfully more like a series of confessions — what the title itself translates to in English as well as the one used outside of Japan — from a number of people tied to the killing. It’s a sometimes lighthearted, frequently unsettling and ultimately extremely thought-provoking work, and its soundtrack complements this effortlessly.

So, because I feel as if I can’t address one without the other (and because I’d be the worst movie critic in the history of the universe), I wrote this with a strong emphasis on the music and the scenes that inspired the most thought and reaction in me.

There are mild spoilers past this point, so be warned.

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