Time Out says
Annabel loves to talk about Darwin and sketch birds. Enoch has a close friendship with Hiroshi (Ryo Kase), the ghost of a kamikaze pilot. Both are over-styled and talk in laid-back, dead tones, throwing ideas into the cosmos to burn up and die: ‘So, I was thinking of donating my body to science,’ she says. ‘I wish I could do more, like take you to the Galapagos,’ he offers. It takes more goodwill than is humanly possible not to find Jason Lew’s script and Van Sant’s harnessing of it wide of the mark in their attempt to frame the reality of these kids’ traumas in a fashionable fable. There’s so much happy, smiling talk of death you think: surely this is a trick. Are they already dead? Is this all playing out in purgatory? But, no, it’s a straight story, all surface, no thought and quite horribly empty.
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