New Trailer for Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s ‘Daguerreotype’ Explores a Photographer’s Obsession

Written by Jonathan Dixon on January 19, 2017 


Japanese director Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Cure, Tokyo Sonata, and Creepy) is back with Daguerreotype, and like the title suggests, the story follows the obsession of an aged photographer (Oliver Gourmet) as he uses his own daughter and assistant for rendering life-like images, using old photographic techniques. Recently stopping by the Toronto International Film Festival where it was met with a divisive reaction, a new trailer has now landed, albeit without English subtitles, for the film known in France as Le Secret De La Chambre Noire, which translates to The Secret of the Darkroom.

We said in our review, “Kiyoshi Kurosawa has ways of making it look easy, even unimpressive. To my knowledge, he has never made a film that’s less than a pleasure to simply observe, richly detailed in environment and carefully calibrated in composition, cutting, and gesture — masterclasses too focused on feeling (excitement, mystery, romance, and, most often, terror) to pronounce great pretensions. The latest (and first French-language) entry into his filmography, Daguerrotype, doesn’t stand with the Japanese auteur’s greatest work, nor as much of a great work in total, but it’s one we shouldn’t take for granted, in large part because it manages to strike the most elusive of moods: admirably boring.”

Also starring Tahar Rahim, Constance Rousseau, and Mathieu Amalric, check out the trailer below.

Daguerrotype poster

Daguerreotype releases in France on February 22nd, 2017.

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