The Japanese film “Josée, the tiger and the fish”, to be discovered now in cinemas, was presented last Monday at the opening of the Annecy festival.
A little sweetness to start the 2021 edition of the Annecy festival. Back in person, after a fully digital edition last year due to Covid, the international animated film festival is celebrating its sixtieth anniversary a year later through a program rich in screenings and retrospectives.
As an opening, festival-goers in the Venice of the Alps were able to discover the Japanese feature film Josée, the tiger and the fish, which was also selected in competition in the “Official” section. A preview event, while waiting to know if the film by Kotaro Tamura (director for the Noragami series in particular) will appear on the prize list of this new edition on Saturday evening.
Josée, the tiger and the fish follows the story of two teenagers: Tsuneo, a student passionate about scuba diving who goes on odd jobs to pay for studies in Mexico; and Kumiko, nicknamed Josée, a characterful young paraplegic who lives with her grandmother.
Explaining the meaning of the title would come back to essential elements of the plot, but let us specify all the same that the nickname “Josée” is a tribute to the famous heroine who appeared in several novels by Françoise Sagan, in particular The wonderful clouds, of which Kumiko is a fervent admirer.
If the story does not shine by its originality, the film is nevertheless successful for its poetic atmosphere and its staging; designed by studio Bones (My Hero Academia, Cowboy Bebop the Movie), the high-quality animation of the film brings enormous depth to this love story. A visual success therefore, which probably explains the mainly positive reception received by Josée, the tiger and the fish after its screening in Annecy.
In official selection at the 2021 Annecy festival, Josée, the tiger and the fish is to be discovered now at the cinema throughout France.