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If, like me, you were the sort of introspective teenager who found yourself thinking seriously for hours about who you really were, then How To Become Myself will hit you pretty damn hard. Whether you're male or female, it perfectly captures that moment when you realise that you behave differently with different sets of people, and try to synthesise all those behaviours into a single thing that you can call 'you'. Hefty portions of the film consist of characters sending texts to each other, but rest assured it's not done with the head-on focus of experimental Japanese film The Letter. Ichikawa depicts the drama with a fascinating mixture of styles, combining the low-key visuals of Tony Takitani with bursts of text captions and split screen images. And when it comes to the climax, he has his two characters face each other (and the camera) directly for a heart-to-heart video chat. Which just about brings us back to Ozu, surprisingly enough.


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