“She Is Me, I Am Her”: A Masterful Depiction of Pandemic Life

We are almost three years into the pandemic and yet there have been few films in Japan or anywhere else that have dealt with this global contagion. This contrasts with the screen’s treatment of the Great East Japan Earthquake, a tragedy that inspired dozens of domestic films. The reason is a mystery, although one factor is undoubtedly visual: actors speaking through masks aren’t exactly cinematic.

So Mayu Nakamura’s She Is Me, I Am Her, a four-part omnibus film that makes the isolation and loneliness of the pandemic its central theme, is an outlier, and a welcome one at that.

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