4.0, Japan


2002 / Shin Togashi > In short, Sorry’s portrayal of “first love” may be the finest of its kind ever put on celluloid. And no, this can’t be compared with Romeo or Juliet or something equally as melodramatic. What we have here is a simple, beautiful but strong as ever tale of a boy who’s just hit puberty falling head over heels for a girl who he randomly comes across at a pickle store. The film’s comic and often childish, but that’s fitting for our 12-year-old protagonist. Sorry matures as he does, step by step, by unwinding the mystery that is love.