Close-Up is a feature that spotlights films now playing on Mubi
. Natsuka Kusano
's Domains is exclusively showing March 12 - April 10, 2020 in Mubi's Undiscovered
series.For her second feature, Domains, Natsuka Kusano wanted to make a film that can witness an actor's transformation. In Japanese, she uses the term 事件 (jiken) or "case" in reference to this transformation, like a case of a crime or an event. In Domains there are indeed two cases operating on a fictional and non-fictional level: the investigation of the murder of a young girl (fiction) and the investigation of actors rehearsing their roles (non-fiction). The film opens with a policeman (Kenta Ryu) reading back a statement by Aki Takemoto
) on murdering her friend's three-year-old daughter, Honoka. As the policeman reads back her words to confirm that there are no mistakes, Aki sits, looking detached. The recounting is chronological and the retelling is eerily mundane.