Harmonium 12A (S)

Harmonium

A Japanese family's humdrum daily routine is fatefully upset by the arrival of a stranger from the father's past in this slow-burning dramatic thriller, winner of the Jury prize at Cannes.

Toshio (Kanji Furutachi), his wife Akié (Mariko Tsutsui) and their young daughter Hotaru (Momone Shinokawa) live an everyday, quiet life. But their comfortable existence is interrupted when the mysterious Mr. Yazaka (Tadanobu Asano) shows up at their door: just out of prison after serving a long sentence, he has ties to Toshio's past. But as Yazaka's relationship with the family develops, it begins to highlight the divisions within - and his presence soon twists into something much more frightening indeed...

A dark, subtle and emotionally powerful tale told with powerful, gut-wrenching performances (that rely as much on physicality as dialogue) from an impressive cast.