The Bloom of Yesterday (2016)

  • Romance, Comedy, JIFF
  • 2h 6m

Toto is an esteemed Holocaust scholar. He is also the grandson of a Nazi war criminal. While organising a conference, Toto takes on an intern who’s the granddaughter of a Holocaust victim. After a rocky first meeting, the two bond, speak candidly about their familial legacies, and stumble toward romance.

Chris Kraus’ audacious The Bloom of Yesterday wrings comedy from unfathomable atrocity. Yet the film’s lightness allows its inherent gravity to settle fully once we apprehend its true message: that every generation must find its own path to reckoning with the daunting shadows of history.

Winner of the Grand Prize at the 2016 Tokyo International Film Festival.


Chris Kraus