One of the most structurally complex films about the necessity of communication for healthy relationships.
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Liz and the Blue Bird

Mizore Yoroizuka plays the oboe, and Nozomi Kasaki plays the flute in the Kita Uji High School concert band. As seniors, this will be their last competition together, and the selected piece “Liz and the Blue Bird” features a duet for the oboe and flute. By all accounts the girls are best friends, but the oboe and flute duet sounds disjointed, as if underscoring a growing distance between them. Talk of college creates a small rift in their relationship and as the story evolves it reaches a shocking and emotional conclusion.

Played at

Monica Film Center, 11.12.18 - 11.12.18
NoHo 7, 11.12.18 - 11.12.18
Glendale, 11.12.18 - 11.12.18
Playhouse 7, 11.02.18 - 11.08.18
Rated NR This film is subtitled This film is subtitled
Runtime: 90 min
Language: Japanese
FEATURED REVIEW: Benjamin Wang, Film Inquiry
'Liz and the Blue Bird' is the fourth feature film by Naoko Yamada. Each of her films has demonstrated more formal mastery than the last, and this is no exception. She makes animated characters come to life not just through their motion, but by letting us into their emotional worlds....