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Still the Water
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STILL THE WATER

Futatsume no mado | 2つ目の窓

Directed by Naomi Kawase
Japan, France, 2014
Romance, Drama

Synopsis

In the aftermath of a typhoon on the Japanese island of Amami Ōshima, teenager Kaito discovers a tattooed body washed ashore. Meanwhile, his girlfriend Kyoto must deal with the approaching death of her mother, an island shaman. Together, the pair struggle to find their place in the world.

Synopsis

In the aftermath of a typhoon on the Japanese island of Amami Ōshima, teenager Kaito discovers a tattooed body washed ashore. Meanwhile, his girlfriend Kyoto must deal with the approaching death of her mother, an island shaman. Together, the pair struggle to find their place in the world.

Our take

Retracing her ancestry back to Japan’s southern island of Amami Ōshima, Naomi Kawase touchingly set this meditation of youth in her family’s originating community. Calling it her own masterpiece, Kawase envelops one in a rare distillation of nature and existence painted upon a canvas of pure calm.