Charm isn't such a bad quality -- and this film has it in abundance. While the Japanese approach to sexuality may be unfamiliar to western audiences, the onset of puberty and its hormonal hijinx is universal.
It's a simple story: An elementary school boy falls in love with a "mature" junior high school girl. There are some side stories about their respective families and friends but, in the long run, not much else happens. And that's just fine because the director and writer have chosen to focus on the kids and their experiences.
The young actors do excellent work -- utterly natural portrayals.
All told, a very enjoyable film.
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Sexuality blooms early when an elementary school student boy falls in love with a junior high school girl in tandem with the onset of his puberty. It is barely younger man and older woman relationship, but all concerned are proud and on a high including the students' adoring parents.
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