By Mike D'Angelo
Updated November 06, 1998 at 05:00 AM EST

Winner of the prestigious Silver Bear award at the 1996 Berlin Film Festival, Village of Dreams is a childhood reminiscence best described by glowing adjectives that end in al: pastoral, whimsical, lyrical, magical, etc. Vividly detailed yet plotless, it follows the low-key exploits of 8-year-old Japanese identical twins during the summer of 1948. Viewers seeking drama and conflict will likely get restless, but those more contemplative may find the minutiae, such as how to build an eel trap, fascinating. B

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