Cool as a summer drizzle, Nipponese coming-of-ager "The Town of Whales" is so slight that it will come and go without a trace, leaving only the afterthought "Oh, to be young." Skipping from a search for a missing brother to a love triangle to a philosophical meditation on whales (not necessarily in that order of significance), the brief, almost impromptu story captures a tremulous moment of transition from youth to adulthood, from friendship to love. Even if this 68-minute vignette doesn't break out beyond fests, debuting helmer Keiko Tsuruoka's fresh voice promises bigger projects to come.
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