The Critics Jury reasoned its decision for the Japanese "Summer Blooms": The film "does not praise the things which money can buy. It rather teaches us to see that life is about learning to lose. The female lead character has for three years struggled with a great personal loss that freezes her ability to act and go on in her life. The director is using a poetic language of imagery and a slow dramaturgic pace, including elements of surprise, to convey how the protagonist confronts her hidden sense of guilt. Finally she is able to break out of her trauma and open up for other emotions and a new chance for love in her life."