This film gives me the strangest feelings. I remember not liking it at first. But then i kept thinking about it and realized i've always been haunted by it over these years. Today i came back to add it to my favorites. Finally.
In Distance, Kore-eda’s gritty handheld captures converging pulses of Japan, in a fusion of both natural and modern. Its sheer vibrancy on the surface as a result, nevermind its tenuous human strands, remains difficult to shake off, as but a prelude - reminiscent of the emotional seclusion of Blissfully Yours, albeit inhabiting the more expansive meditation to linger upon.
Reminiscence of the horrible and painful past and how to cope with it,and ends up in a powerful ending. Another masterful works from Kore-eda.
"Distance" is a very unique experience. Kore-eda's trademark beautiful muted settings are here yet unlike any of his other films, there are very quiet seething ghosts of anger and very disturbing tension weaved throughout landscapes and memories. I saw it at the San Francisco International Film Festival in 2002. I'd like to see it again if possible.