Kurahashi has never been the same since the hallucinations started. His condition is not medical in nature, and only seems to be triggered by an antique glass which shows him things he never would wish to see. For Kurahashi, figuring out the mystery of the Petit Cossette that appears to him in his waking dreams is a matter of life or death... and his sanity...
Le Portrait de Petit Cossette begins as a stylish and moody portrayal of distorted reality: Kurahashi’s obsession with the girl inside the glass instantly throws up questions of whether he’s going mad or being haunted. As the narrative gets into its stride, it develops an eerie, schizophrenic technique (manic smiles and claustrophobic close-ups abound), which makes the bizarre turn of... read more
There are many types of horror. There is the pop-up scare, where in essence it is a deeper version of someone that sneaks up on you and goes "boo". There are the gorefests, which hacking and slashing, pieces of bodies and some plot somewhere to make it "dramatic". Le Portrait de Petit Cossette is thankfully not either of those. People may call literary symbolism pretentious, and in many... read more
Le Portrait de Petite Cossette