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Japanese Story

An Australian geologist (the excellent Toni Collette) is assigned to babysit a Japanese businessman, the son of a wealthy mine owner. After getting lost in the barren Australian Outback, the two fall into a tenuous one-night stand. More than a generic culture-clash romance, Japanese Story is a subtle search for connection. The script is simple and the pacing methodical--to put it charitably. The film switches gears halfway through, though, taking viewers into unexpected territory. Patient viewers will be rewarded with a contemplative mood piece well-matched to its desolate surroundings. 99 minutes