...a quality clearly on display in Kazuhiro Soda's lovely, handmade Peace. On the surface, this is a story about caregivers, specifically the husband-and-wife team Toshio and Hiroko, who provide services for the elderly and infirm in their Tokyo prefecture. But as Soda's camera casually observes his subjects, the lack of insistence upon a central theme frees the film to become about everything: from the behavior of a group of stray cats Toshio cares for, to the ways in which certain Tokyo alleys grow dark and forbidding as night sets in. This type of cinematic freedom is embedded in today's growing movement for more observational documentaries—think ofSweetgrass or Foreign Parts—and, with it, Soda has developed into one of the discipline's most interesting, and freest, artists.
by Robert Koehler, Film Comment