Chicago International Film Festival 2017 Reviews: Tokyo Vampire Hotel, Bitter Flowers
By Andrea Thompson
The two Chicago International Film Festival films I watched today couldn’t be more different, but they also had a surprising amount in common. They were both female-centric and revolved around the various attempts its characters made to cope in a world of rejection. The various women in these films were not only told they do not fit in, but that they had absolutely nothing to offer society. That their essence made them completely unfit to contribute, to matter. Sometimes these women agreed, sometimes they didn’t. Sometimes they went on. Sometimes not. The ensuing struggle was occasionally heartbreaking, uplifting, and sometimes…just plain confusing.