Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy

(Japan/2021—directed by Ryûsuke Hamaguchi)

This enchanting and evocative film, set in Tokyo, details three unique stories about the mysteries and depths of women’s desires. Coincidence seems as natural as the passing of time, and mundane encounters are spun ingeniously into a world of infinite possibilities. A fashion model discovers her friend is dating the ex who may have been her true love; a disgruntled college student decides to avenge humiliation by enlisting his friend-with-benefits to lure his sadistic professor into a scandal; two middle-aged women make a poignant, enigmatic connection that awakens feelings long believed forgotten.

With trademark insight and cinematic wit, acclaimed director Ryûsuke Hamaguchi (Drive My Car, Asako I & II), homes in on deceptively simple moments, finely sketched to reveal the strangeness of true intimacy—and the ever-deepening mysteries of the all-too-human heart. Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize Winner, 2021 Berlin Film Festival. In Japanese with English subtitles. (121 minutes)

“Delightful! Seen individually, these moments feel like strange quirks of the universe, but the way they ripple across Hamaguchi’s three stories suggests nothing less than the fullness of life pushing through.” -David Erlich, IndieWire




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