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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