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
After making his name as a documentarist, Kore-eda uses the techniques of non-fiction to eye-catching effect in his debut feature. The story revolves around a young woman who remarries and moves to a fishing village after the suicide of her husband. The pace is sedate and the actors blend into the background of each carefully composed scene as the camera keeps a discreet distance. The result is an Ozu-like serenity..
time can make the pain less sharp and more bearable, but it never really stops and there's no ocean able to wash it away
Life is pure misery. But that moment... raspberries on windows, coffee in a horrendously small shop, a meaningless ride home in the middle of the night... That moment... What else does this horrible existence offer?
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 abordé… read review