Capsule Cinema: Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (Zellner, 2014)

Kay reviews films in 100 words or less.

Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (Zellner, 2014)

Kumiko lives in utter solitude, avoiding everyone in her life except her pet rabbit. Isolated and dissatisfied, she becomes obsessed with finding ransom money Steve Buscemi’s character in Fargo buries along a snowy highway in Minneapolis. First, this film nearly ruined my nerves from worrying, panicking, and questioning Kumiko’s actions and logic. Second, Rinko Kikuchi’s performance is so powerful and immersed that you’re pulled into Kumiko’s world whether you like it or not. Third, the film sparks an opportunity for greater discussion on extreme escapism, social isolation, and mental health—as all great films do. The ending blew me away.

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