From the acclaimed director of After Life and Nobody Knows, Hirokazu Kore-Eda, comes the story of a woman deeply troubled by the notion that she brings death to people close to her. Already battling guilt since the age of 12 when her grandmother died, Yumiko’s life is shattered when her husband commits suicide for no apparent reason. After spending several years in solitude, Yumiko remarries. She begins to find happiness anew, until she returns to her old home for her brother’s wedding. A flood of troubling memories begins to haunt her, as she begins her odyssey to search for meaning in the surrounding beauty of the countryside.
Born in Tokyo in 1962. Originally intended to be a novelist, but after graduating from Waseda University in 1987 went on to become an assistant director at TV Man Union. Sneaked off set to film Lessons from a Calf (1991). His first feature, Maboroshi no hikari (1995), based on a Teru Miyamoto novel and drawn from his own experiences whilst filming August Without Him (1994), won jury prizes at Venice and Chicago. The main themes of his oeuvre include memory and loss, death and loss, and the intersection of documentary and fictional narratives. —IMDb
Need we resort to an aswer as to why Japanese cinema is a choice to be made, that's it : Take any idea you what. In this case, loss. The sense of it won't be printed on your ears after minutes of screaming or whining. No. All you get is a view to a sea, an empty, neat room and silence. It's all atmosphere. It's about the absence of exaggeration. It's the thing itself.
Contemplative cinema by way of Ozu. A meditation on the tenuous hold between life and death, shadows and light, the everyday and the ethereal. Personally, Kore-eda’s inaugural incantation - where indeed, quotidian and higher contemplation unexpectedly, tenderly blur - leaves me somewhat numb in its grief-stricken somnambulance and rumination, pending further rummaging.
Dès son premier film, Kore-Eda Hirozaku s’est attaqué au thème de la mort et à la réaction des gens lorsqu’elle touche un proche. Dans Maborosi, c’est avant tout le thème du suicide qui y est abord… read review