• Released
  • January 18, 2003
  • Drama
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Bright Future Synopsis
Two young guys who work in a plant that manufactures oshibori (those moist hand towels).
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Premiere

By Aaron Hillis
An enchantingly cryptic, ethereally photographed slice of somber surrealism that should definitely appeal to fans of David Lynch and Luis...
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
The most spellbinding aspect of Bright Future is that the surrealism sustains its own squiddish logic, concluding with one of the most...
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80

The New York Times

By Manohla Dargis
Casts its spell by drawing out the horror of everyday existence bit by bit, and then tossing in some otherworldly weirdness that makes the...
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75

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
The movie has a curious and cumulative power.
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70

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
More high - but strangely touching - weirdness from acclaimed Japanese auteur Kiyoshi Kurosawa.
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70

Village Voice

By Michael Atkinson
Kurosawa strolls through his narrative with relaxed confidence, suggesting apocalyptic significances without assuring us that he has...
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67

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

A slow, sometimes difficult film, Bright Future offers little immediate payoff to the patient viewer.
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63

New York Daily News

By Robert Dominguez
Bright is pretty to look at, but it's a slow-moving, meandering work that isn't as complex or mysterious as it appears.
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50

Chicago Reader

An alternately comic and macabre portrait of a deranged friendship.
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50

The A.V. Club

By Scott Tobias
But save for the mesmerizing final tracking shot, Bright Future just mopes around aimlessly, hoping that its vague themes will eventually...
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