Shigeki lives in a small retirement home. He is looked after by a friendly nurse, Machiko. They don’t know that they share a painful secret: the loss of a dear one. During a drive in the country, they have a car accident and end up alone and lost in the nearby forest. Maybe will they find there a new feeling for life…
Naomi Kawase was born in 1969, at a time when Japanese cinema was thriving with vigorous underground filmmaking, the initial streak in Kawase’s own young career. While studying photography at the Osaka School of Visual Arts, she started to make films as part of a workshop: “I focus on that which interests me” (1988), a personal symphony of the city, “The concretization of these things flying around me” (1989), a silent study of the homeless, "Presently (1989), a poetic piece visualising the 4 elements (water, air, fire and earth). After graduating in 1989, she taught for 4 years.
In 1992, she made Embracing, a medium length 16mm feature in which she sets up to find her biological father (Naomi was brought up by her grandparents after her parents’ marriage broke up). In 1993, she cast her documentary eye on a striking boy-meets-girl fiction in White Moon. She dedicated her following film Katatsumori (94) to her grandmother. This film and the next one… read more
Sait-on survivre à la mort de proches ? La rencontre improbable entre une jeune femme qui a perdu son jeune fils et un vieil homme qui a depuis longtemps perdu son épouse est l’occasion pour ces deux… read review
Although I was swept along with the emotion of the mourning man throughout the film I felt like the film failed to leave a strong lasting impression which is why it hasn’t gained 5 stars from me. I… read review