Film school films are film school films meaning it is a safe environment for creative exploration. Naoko Tajima, the director of this picture, was clearly on her path to finding her director’s voice but her understanding of ascetics and production value was the best I saw in my three year tenure there.
Side note: if you think rubbing your tummy and tapping your head is difficult, try operating a 35mm Panavision Gold camera on a geared head. The ultimate dexterity challenge! I am very proud of my camera work on this film.