James Mudge’s Best and Most Disappointing Films of 2012

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Cocco in Kotoko (2011) Movie Image

Kotoko (Best)

Japanese auteur and cult favourite Shinya Tsukamoto returns with “Kotoko”, combining the apocalyptic style of his classic “Tetsuo” films with the monstrous and terrifyingly intimate tale of a young single mother played by singer/songwriter Cocco losing her mind in hallucinogenic and violent fashion. Possibly the director’s most disturbing and punishing film to date, it’s also filled with moments of haunting beauty and poetry, and stands as a near flawless triumph for both Tsukamoto and Cocco, not to mention one of the most effective and unsettling portraits of madness seen in recent years. Though undeniably hard going and not an easy watch, it comes with the highest recommendation both for fans of the director and brave viewers who enjoy extreme cinema tempered with artistry.

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