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Destruction Babies
(Disutorakushon beibiizu)

by Tetsuya MARIKO

Destruction Babies

Taira is looking for a fight and finds it. First, he beats up students from another neighbourhood and then, for no reason, everyone he meets. Orphaned, he lives with his brother Shota in the small industrial port of Mitsuhama near Matsuyama (Shikoku Island). But what lies behind this upsurge of violence? An anthropological determinism linked to insularity? Boredom and the feeling of abandon? A need to test his vulnerability? A cry for self-recognition? The sheer gratuity of the act in a society where consumption and its price tag lay down the law? Whenever it erupts unannounced, violence remains a mystery and affects us profoundly. It also fascinates, extends its grip to others, as in the case of Yuya and Nana, alternately victim and agent of these outbursts. Starting with an incident recounted to the filmmaker by the protagonist of the events, Tetsyua Mariko finds and portrays once again – after Yellow Kid and Ninifuni – characters on the brink of adulthood. In Destruction Babies, their violence is revealed in all its complexity, driven by confused emotions intermingling fear, excess and adrenaline. For film-goers (and perhaps also fervent video-gamers), this violence recalls the usual pleasure felt when it plays out on screen. But don’t expect Mariko to enlighten our bewilderment by extending to us the seemly hand of a moral. JB

Montgolfière d’Argent 2016

French release: July 27, 2022

  • Titre français
    Destruction Babies
  • Original title
    Disutorakushon beibiizu
  • Titre international
    Destruction Babies
  • Scénario
    Kohei KIYASU, Tetsuya MARIKO
  • Photo
    Yasuyuki SASAKI
  • Montage
    Hidemi HIDEMI LI
  • Son
    Shinya TAKATA
  • Musique
    Shutoku MUKAI
  • Interprétation
    Sosuke IKEMATSU, Takumi KITAMURA, Nana KOMATSU, Masaki MIURA, Nijiro MURAKAMI, Masaki SUDA, Yuya YAGIRA
  • Production
    Tokyo Theatre Co.,Inc.
  • Producteur délégué
    Yoshitaka ISHIZUKA, Toshikazu NISHIGAYA, Yuki NISHIMIYA, Kan ODAGIRI, Eisei SHU
  • Distribution
  • Support de projection
  • Sous-titrage

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