Hideo is a middle-aged man without any friends. His only companion is Nozomi, a life-size blow-up doll. One day, Nozomi finds out she has a heart and has become a human being. She slowly starts exploring the world outside, completely unknown to her until now. However, she discovers really fast how much pain and confusion can a heart cause. This tragicomic drama with fantasy elements is loosely inspired by a popular Japanese manga by Yoshiie Gōda.
The Japanese director follows the tradition of Japanese cinema, characteristic for its humanism, compassion and understanding. He has made several documentaries and is well-known among audiences as well as critics thanks to his live-action debut Maborosi. His following films have also enjoyed success at festivals worldwide. His second-to-latest film Shoplifters won a Palme d'Or at Cannes.
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