Sawa Yamagishi worked as a nursing-care helper. The family for an old man asked Sawa to sleep with him, which led her to lose her job. Now, she has nowhere to go. Sawa finds elderly people in trouble and gets involved in their lives. Meeting them, Sawa’s own wounds start to heal.
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Movies like this are why I love MUBI. I will race to see anything that either of the Ando sisters—Momoku directing, Sakura starring—do in the future. A wonderful, uplifting, very funny story, nonetheless suffused with everyday tragedy. As Sawa, Sakura is nothing short of remarkable, empathetic, fierce, funny, sweet. Her journey and meetings with unremarkable but very real souls is a beautiful thing to watch.
i started to type about the constants in this movie (the car, red dress, cooking, etc), and how they reassure/anchor, in a story about a girl who's essentially a nomad, and that review got heavy-handed and exceeded the limit... so i'll just say this: 0.5mm is gorgeous, and i could write a book about it.
Sakura Ando is fantastic as a vulnerable and wandering ex-caretaker in this charming mix of road trip, self discovery, and odd coupling. As others have mentioned, the runtime is way too long as scenes start to repeat themselves. Still an enjoyable journey.
wow if my child eat with such disgrace at the table, I'll just make soup all day. let's see you eat that with your book.
so the solution to a aging population are jobless homeless youngsters after all.
"carer from hell"
Honestly a much needed reminder to me that you can't ever stop paying attention to young Japanese filmmakers. Idiosyncratic, clever, well-observed, elliptical, patient, heart-rending, original, dryly hilarious. It's fucking great.