(This is Routine short film review, which is a Japanese short film that explores the life of a woman that is pursuing her passion)
We all have passions and dreams that we pursue since we were young. But what happens when reality hits in the adulthood? Well, Routine is using it as a theme and tries to show it through the lens of the pursuers of dreams.
It is directed by Takato Noguchi[野口高遠], and helped by Naho Kamimura[上村奈帆] and features Risa Yajima[矢島 理佐] as the lone cast. This film is more of a Visual Artistic film and thus the review will be different to what we do for a more traditional short film. Now, let’s delve into the Routine short film review below!
A woman tries to pursue her dream of being a ballet dancer even when adulthood life kicks in.
Routine Short Film Review
The premise seems simple, and it is about a woman who still tries to be a ballet dancer, which is her childhood dream, and continues it into her adulthood. I like that this is shown through slice-of-life style, where we see her practising at work and stuff.
It’s the ending that is more interesting as there seems to be no obvious conclusion. Perhaps it’s to mean that the film is just the beginning of it, or perhaps she will never achieve her dream as she ‘wakes up’ by the end. It is up to us to deduce but for me, the title kind of gives it away.
Routine means something repeated, so it probably means that the whole film represents a routine for her everyday life. And it will repeat non-stop till the day she gives up, or when life gives in.
It’s just that the idea is not as fresh and I have seen similar work before, so not much originality can be given here. Though the short film does realist it and doesn’t care either way.
Visually, it’s meant to look like a film. And it really looks like it. I like most of the shots showing her dancing and then working and then dancing while working, and the transition between scenes are great and soothing.
The shots are pretty varied from outdoor to indoors, and show many different angles of the place that she lives and works in. Once again, everything feels so zen in slice-of-life way. And dare I say some of the scenes are pretty beautiful that catches my attention yet also fitting well with the rest of the scenes.
Soundtrack is really wonderful with piano like melody that enhances the short film in a subtle yet direct way. It is truly fitting with the mood and atmosphere. It’s just simple, yet appropriate. Very zen-like and also with a hint of motivation.