Written March 09, 2009
Sad, heartbreaking little film from Japan based on an actual story of a unwed mother abandoning her 4 children in a very small, squalid apartment and leaving them to fend for themselves. Shocking and profound statement of youth persevering in a mendacious society. Excellent, natural performances from all of the largely non-professional young actors and filmed very much like a slice-of-life documentary. A real sleeper!