The Night I Swam
The wonderful movie I watched tonight — The Night I Swam — goes right on my list of Movies About Chilhood. It follows a little boy as he wanders off, staying at his level for the most part, watching him with a steady gaze until we begin to sense what he's feeling, along the way capturing many of the little moments that we've all experienced as kids (if we hold onto the memory that is). Absorbingly shot, it takes place in a snow-covered town in northern Japan, and rather than ever resorting to cutesiness the humor comes out through the cinematography. Many thanks to my friend Jane for the tip.