Feature Play: Botanical Books
We here at PopGeekly love our share of romance, and it’s with that in mind that we bring you this week’s Feature Play “Botanical Books” also known as “Evergreen Love.”
“Botanical Books” is a Japanese romance film that came out this past summer and was known for debunking Zootopia from the number one spot back in June. On top of this it’s based off of a novel called “Shokubutsu Zukan” by Hiro Arikawa which was published on June 30, 2009 by Kadokawa Shoten. (Just a little additional information for those of you Geeklies who like to go beyond the big screen when you enjoy a story.)
“Botanical Books” is about a woman named Sayaka (Mitsuki Takahata) that works in an office. As well all know, office jobs aren’t the most …exciting thing out there, and so neither is her job. As a matter of fact, she’s not very good at her job in general … nor is she with love.
One mysterious night, she finds a man by the name of, Itsuki (Takanori Iwata), and he has collapsed in front of her home. She takes him inside and this is where the story truly starts. They begin to live together. Keeping with the botanical theme, Itsuki teaches Sayaka about cooking and collecting wild herbs. But things aren’t all pretty in paradise for Itsuki is holding a secret.
The premise of the story is intriguing. You have a charming mystery man whom collapses at our heroine’s front door and from here you see the romantic tale of two unlucky people coming together and wondering if this will build into something bigger or fall apart. Definitely not the most original story, but you really don’t expect that in romantic films.
What is cool however is how the botanical theme interplays with the love story and revelations (don’t worry we won’t spoil them for you). Needless to say, it’s a bit of a rollercoaster which will leave you feeling touched.
The film has a beautiful color palette. Scenes are delivered through a soft lens which gives the piece a rather fuzzy and warm feel. And the striking pinks, greens, blues and whites only add to this beauty. It makes the film look very manga-esque which were pretty sure was the point of it. You can even tell from the emotive gestures of the main characters.
So if you’re in the mood for a romantic film with an adorable couple, beautiful scenes, and a heartfelt theme revolving around plants, then you need to watch “Botanical Books.”