What would you do if your daughter was murdered and her killers sat before you in your very own classroom? This is the dilemma teacher Yuko Moriguchi faces when she discovers that her daughter’s killers, too young to be tried for their crime, evade justice. Through alternating points-of-view, we begin to witness how she sets about administering revenge in this disturbing thriller directed by Tetsuya Nakashima.
The film sets out, not only explores the lengths a mother will go to in order to avenge her daughter’s death but it looks more widely at parental roles and responsibilities. It also asks whether a person is capable of ever truly being reformed and provokes questions about the uses and abuses of technology in the acts these teenagers commit. These are therefore just a handful of the many thought-provoking debates raised by this film. What’s more, the chilling look of the film is enhanced by some of the best cinematography I’ve seen in a long while and makes clever use of a soundtrack featuring a strong presence from Radiohead and the experimental rock sounds of Boris. If you loved the Korean revenge thriller Oldboy, then you’re certain to enjoy Confessions, as it is without a doubt one of my favourite films of the year so far.