Hospitalité is a 2010 Japanese film, directed by Koji Fukada and starring Kiki Sugino and a delightful cast of miscreants and ne'er-do-well. This is a story of a timid print-shop owner and his wife and how their lives are forever changed when a European woman and her Japanese husband move in with them suddenly. The film is beaming with kindred and endearing characters that ooze intrigue and eccentricity. The dialogue is witty and yet soft-spoken.
The shining jewel in the intricate and delicate crown of this film are the two women at the heart of the story. The wife of the print-shop owner and her European counterpart. Combining two parts rebelliousness and two parts resilience with many parts of compassion and openness. The film, at its essence, is the story of how a simple act of hospitality can change you, for the better ultimately. That’s the truth about growth here, it may be unwieldy and will push you out of your comfort zone but it will take you where you need to go. And as they each find their voice and their courage they empower others around them. The once timid print-shop owner grows courageous empowered by these defiant and generous women. And as these two women grow without animosity through the uncomfortable awkwardness, so do we the audience.