– A DI­ARY OF AN UR­BAN PRIEST

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(Pirjo Honkasalo, Fin­land). 111 min­utes. Subti­tled. Rat­ing: Fu­jioka is a hand­some young guy with far­away eyes who works at a Tokyo bar, sings blues and also hap­pens to be a Bud­dhist priest. Pirjo Honkasalo’s haunt­ing, beau­ti­fully shot film fol­lows him as he talks with var­i­ous trou­bled souls and wres­tles with his own demons, which in­clude a mother who left him (for the priest­hood, iron­i­cally) when he was two.

The film, like its sub­ject, is quiet but full of com­plex emo­tions and an open, quest­ing spirit.

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