Nonetheless it was great to be able to finally meet the director in person, especially when her earlier movies screened had very brief glimpses of her in front of the camera. In Summer Vacation with Naomi Kawase, we learn of her penchant for shooting images that capture the wind, such as flora swaying rhythmically to the gentle breeze, and the likes, that we see being featured in most of her films.
For some parts, it felt like a recycling, or an overlap in the material covered, although the central theme to this movie is the dealing with the news on the death of her father, whom she did not know personally. It then became somewhat like a search for self and identity, right down to the final moments where she decided to get the same tattoos as her late father. And the lines between documentary and fiction really got blurred this time round, as even her receipt of the Camera d'Or award on stage in 1997 got featured here as well, being the first Japanese recipient, and the youngest ever award winner to receive it.
Somehow, these documentaries were extremely personal in nature, and for one, I couldn't get past those personal elements, and found it difficult to do so with my constant questioning of the whys. I guess not being privy to that kind of information on a deeper level, naturally made it become more of an interpretation of the images at face value, at least for me.