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Hikikomori

A poignant drama that delves into grief, social anxiety and isolation.
5/5

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Written and directed by Nicolas Seguel, ‘Hikikomori’ is a short drama film that delves into one man’s detachment from society after the curious disappearance of his fiancée. Set in 2024, 4 years after the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the narrative explores the protagonists enduring social and health anxiety which is intertwined with immense grief and uncertainty. Starring François Daves as Hugo, the film is produced in the French language (with English subtitles) and set in Switzerland. A poignant tale that examines the extremities of loss and social anxiety with a bittersweet conclusion.

The film’s title refers to the Japanese word for severe social withdrawal. Throughout much of the narrative, Nicolas Seguel (Writer/Director) lays out the character’s intense trauma that has left the character in a state of semi-grief – which has subsequently hit the pause button on his physical and emotional lifestyle. Despite encouragement from his online psychiatrist, Hugo maintains his stationary existence – much to the despair of his family. The narrative teases a hint of hope, as a news broadcast announces the discovery of his lost fiancée.

Seguel has crafted a remarkable narrative with stellar production value. François Daves delivers a truly extraordinary performance that is certain to bring about empathy with the viewing audience. Cinematography, post-production and sound are of a high-quality standard that promises engrossing viewing. An unmissable tale that is well deserving of praise and acclaim.

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Hugo has been stuck at home for 4 years because his fiancee went missing during a repatriation process due to COVID-19 in 2020. Being both asocial and hypochondriac, he cut off all physical contact with the outside world, having his psychologist as his only interlocutor. Hugo finds himself stuck in a micro world of fear and anxiety, no longer knowing how to keep going forward.
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Director(s): Nicolas Seguel
Writer(s): Nicolas Seguel
Cast: François Daves, Irène Oswald, Kenny Sbriglione, Leonardo Gomez Mariaca, Léonie Perriard, Rémy Boileau
Producer(s): Nicolas Seguel
Director of Photography: Eliot Lucas
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Hikikomori

A poignant drama that delves into grief, social anxiety and isolation.
5/5

Review

Written and directed by Nicolas Seguel, ‘Hikikomori’ is a short drama film that delves into one man’s detachment from society after the curious disappearance of his fiancée. Set in 2024, 4 years after the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the narrative explores the protagonists enduring social and health anxiety which is intertwined with immense grief and uncertainty. Starring François Daves as Hugo, the film is produced in the French language (with English subtitles) and set in Switzerland. A poignant tale that examines the extremities of loss and social anxiety with a bittersweet conclusion.

The film’s title refers to the Japanese word for severe social withdrawal. Throughout much of the narrative, Nicolas Seguel (Writer/Director) lays out the character’s intense trauma that has left the character in a state of semi-grief – which has subsequently hit the pause button on his physical and emotional lifestyle. Despite encouragement from his online psychiatrist, Hugo maintains his stationary existence – much to the despair of his family. The narrative teases a hint of hope, as a news broadcast announces the discovery of his lost fiancée.

Seguel has crafted a remarkable narrative with stellar production value. François Daves delivers a truly extraordinary performance that is certain to bring about empathy with the viewing audience. Cinematography, post-production and sound are of a high-quality standard that promises engrossing viewing. An unmissable tale that is well deserving of praise and acclaim.

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Brief Synopsis

Hugo has been stuck at home for 4 years because his fiancee went missing during a repatriation process due to COVID-19 in 2020. Being both asocial and hypochondriac, he cut off all physical contact with the outside world, having his psychologist as his only interlocutor. Hugo finds himself stuck in a micro world of fear and anxiety, no longer knowing how to keep going forward.
Hikikiomori

Credits

Director(s): Nicolas Seguel
Writer(s): Nicolas Seguel
Cast: François Daves, Irène Oswald, Kenny Sbriglione, Leonardo Gomez Mariaca, Léonie Perriard, Rémy Boileau
Producer(s): Nicolas Seguel
Director of Photography: Eliot Lucas
Animation:

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Runtime: 13 min
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