Confessions starts out with an absolutely astounding cinematic sequence, wherein schoolteacher Yuko Moriguchi (Takako Matsu) reveals to her class that her daughter’s accidental death was in fact a murder committed by two students. As she drip-feeds the information to her class, director Tetsuya Nakashima edits in the complex flashback structure that forms the backbone of the film. Unfortunately, it’s all downhill from there. The convoluted structure, wherein flashbacks are triggered by various characters narrating their own ‘confessions’, is needlessly complicated and drowns the film in a sea of superfluous voiceovers. Then, Confessions is a brilliant example of the difference between a good soundtrack and good music. Nakashima allows music to constantly drape through the background, showcasing an appreciation of Japanese post-metal gods Boris, but despite my huge love for them it becomes distracting rather than atmospheric. Yet most insultingly, the motivations of the film’s principle actors are so psychologically trite and one-dimensional it beggars belief. A movie with a fantastic opening sequence let down by repetition and bad stylistic choices.