Saturday, January 06, 2007
Best Supporting Actress, Class of 2006: Rinko Kikuchi
It helps that, of this large ensemble cast, she is the focus of the storyline that could easily stand on its own.
It helps that she convincingly plays someone who is deaf, even though she is not.
It helps that she manages to convey a panoply of emotions --rage, lust, empathy, hunger -- on her face and body, even when she has no clothes on, or when strobe lights flash all around her.
It helps that she is not a star (indeed, that we have never even heard of her before), that she is indeed acting.
It helps that, even if for me she is not part of the key "image" that I take from the film (that would be her competitor, the fine actress Adriana Barraza, who walks alone through the desert with the torn red party dress trailing behind her) that her performance is strong, convincing and indelible throughout the film, to the point that her face alone will not free you.
For these reasons and more, I submit my candidate for Best Supporting Actress 2006: Rinko Kikuchi.
This entry is part of the Supporting Actress Blogathon -- please feel free to visit the other sites on the list, particularly since they have probably seen more films than I have, heh heh.