A sleepy-eyed exurb of Los Angeles is seen through the eyes of two young Japanese tourists, stranded there with a broken rental car. Rintaro wants to leave as soon as possible, but Atsuko finds both the small town and the aimless lifestyle of the young people who live there fascinating- and, just maybe, a better example of the America she's been hoping to see than the big cities they've been traveling between. As she hangs around with the locals and begins to understand their lives (despite not speaking any English), she finds it increasingly hard to leave. The excitement of the new permeates every frame of this intimate evocation of a small town where everyone's talking, but no one really understands.
Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
Agreeable if finally unsatisfying.Dennis Harvey, Variety, 04.06.2011
An ethereal and ephemeral musing on the art and artifice of communication.Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times, 09.01.2011
Atsuko the character doesn't speak English; Atsuko the actress, speaking mostly un-subtitled Japanese when she speaks at all, gives a performance that's a marvel of nonverbal reaction.Karina Longworth, Village Voice, 08.09.2011
It's significantly smaller and more casual than "Mystery Train" or "Lost in Translation," movies its premise calls to mind, but in some ways it's more layered and complex.Mike Hale, New York Times, 08.11.2011