127 minutes


Original Title: Karera ga honki de amu toki wa

Naoko Ogigami's multi-award winning feature centres around 11 year-old Tomo who, after being neglected by her mother, is taken in by her uncle Makio and his transgender girlfriend Together they create a loving home for the young girl. The film opens audiences up to progressive conversations and curiosity around sexuality, gender and identity, while continuing to embrace Ogigami’s tradition of making sensitive and emotionally-healing cinema.

“One might find the tremendous emotional swells of Close-Knit so moving at times that one can barely hear the sound of fresh ground being broken in Japanese cinema." The Film Stage