Toilet | トイレット J-Film

Presented by JICC, Embassy of Japan and the Japan Commerce Association of Washington DC

Known for the heartwarming, off-beat humor that characterized Kamome Diner (2006) and Megane (2007), director Naoko Ogigami delights in drawing her characters outside of their comfort zones, forcing them to confront the peculiarities of everyday life. Filmed entirely in Toronto with a mostly Canadian cast, Toilet paints a colorful portrait of a family transcending cultural and linguistic boundaries as their lives are drawn closer together.

Content with the predictability of his job and pacified by his passion for plastic toys, Ray's life is a perfect blend of peace and boredom. But after his mother's death, a fire forces him from the comforts of his cozy bachelor pad to a tiny room in his family's home, sharing a roof with his eccentric brother Maury, who suffers from severe anxiety, and their overbearing sister Lisa, who demands that Ray take more of an active role in the family.

Still dealing with the loss of their mother, the siblings must also care for their baa-chan, or grandmother, who just arrived from Japan and doesn't speak a word of English. Frustrated by the disruption to his daily routine, Ray becomes increasingly obsessed with his baa-chan's bathroom rituals, questioning whether or not she is really part of their family. Through a series of hilarious events, he finally discovers her true identity (and his as well).

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Professionally made and as watchable as afternoon TV... So what's all the fuss about the toilet? Well, it's like Rosebud in Citizen Kane. You'll find out in the last scene, and it is definitely worth the wait.

The Hollywood Reporter

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