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Ryusuke Hamaguchi arranges a triptych of longing in the Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy trailer

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Ryusuke Hamaguchi arranges a triptych of longing in the Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy trailer

REvolver or Sgt. Peppers. Bravo or Frasier. The Godfather Part I or The Godfather Part II. To the pantheon of unstable pop-culture debates, let’s add Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy or Drive My Car.

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No filmmaker has had a better 2021 than Ryūsuke Hamaguchi, who helmed not one, but two of the year’s most acclaimed titles. American critics have been talking a lot about his name over the awards season, but most of the material has gone to his longer and perhaps more ambitious adaptation of Haruki Murakami, Drive My Car. Thankfully, UK audiences will soon be able to catch a glimpse of the other half of his double feature, the painful three-part anthology Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy.

In the new trailer unveiled exclusively by Little White Lies, a triptych of nostalgia thematically connects a collection of lonely souls searching for meaningful connection. In the first segment, a woman discovers that her best friend and her ex are now dating and plans to fork answers; then, an attempt at sabotage turns into a fragile bond between a professor and the mistress of his former student; finally, two strangers take themselves for school buddies and will not let the realization of their mutual confusion tarnish the trust between them.

At the film’s premiere at last year’s Berlinale, our man on stage, Matt Turner, gave reserved praise, writing in his review: “Composed of a trio of independent stories loosely linked by the theme of serendipity, the film shares commonalities with Hamaguchi’s most recent film. work, sharing many strengths even if they seem a bit lighter in comparison. He specifically noted that “her penchant for modesty and restraint comes across as lackluster and comfort with subtlety”.

In one press conference last year, Hamaguchi said the three parts comprising Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy will eventually be joined by four other shorts for a seven-movie cycle, the scripts of which are currently in development. We can only hope it won’t be too long before this emerging master takes us back to his world of amusing chance and murderous melancholy.

Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy hits UK cinemas on February 11.

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