In the presence of: Kôji Fukada
Toshio hires Yasaka in his workshop. This old acquaintance, who has just been released from prison, begins to meddle in Toshio's family life.
"Many a film has contemplated the splintering of the family dynamic, yet 'Harmonium' burrows into just how tentative ties predicated upon affection, loyalty and even blood can be." (ScreenDaily) "Cycles of guilt, blame and vindictiveness are replayed in scenes of scorching emotional power, which elicit gut-wrenching performances from Tsutsui and Furutachi. The Japanese title, which means "Standing on the Edge" takes on existential resonance in the finale, which manages to be stirring without offering any catharsis, or even answers. That it succeeds in doing so is all the more impressive, considering the measured (some would say slow) tempo." (Variety)