Film #84: GOTH
3.75 out of 5 stars
Based on the book by Otsuchi, this story of two teenagers who are interested in the darker things in life who set about trying to solve a series of murders is well shot, well told, and well-acted. I’m not exactly sure the title fits the subject matter though. I mean, these kids are not “Goth” by any stretch, but that’s really a minor quibble. The film’s pace is a tad on the slow side and the characterizations are nowhere near as deep as they are in the book (go fig), but what’s here is a lyrical look at two young people who are trying to figure out Life by trying to understand Death. The murders are mostly off-camera, but we do see the aftermath (an artistic and ritualistic posing of the bodies so that they might be found). What’s also interesting is that even though a host of potential suspects are laid out before you, the actual killer is one you never see coming. Very well done and recommended.