A cleverly constructed comedy that requires you to BYO pathos by constantly reminding yourself 'They are dead. They are dead. They are dead.' When it became more of a movie, and one about movie-making, it lost me a little in cute quirk, but is quite effecting if you let it.
If memories were enough we might never need movies. After all, why the recreations? As if by recreating and witnessing we get the perspective needed to take "it" with us. I find something moving about Koreeda's ambitions here: the looseness, the simple setting, the willingness and doubt of participants. This time I was a little removed, denied an intimacy the subject demands. 3.5
as calm as can be - i often found myself drifting off into memories, just as the story drifts from one character to another one and sometimes, never comes back again. I felt like I was there somewhere - wondering what to choose, absorbing the "in-between" of the overall setting and wanting to go outside and after the movie I went to the river where they were shooting a German musical with ballerinas
[More like 4.5] This is currently the first and only of Kore-Eda's movies that I watched, therefore I might consider part of his 'style' elements of this motion picture that aren't recurring in his production. I feel like his way of depicting surreal action in a way that is both ethereal and everyday-life is key in mediating very well what is really touching in such a concept: people are more complex than memories.
enjoyable, very interesting theme beautifully brought without being too heavy. like most J-films, After Life nailed to embrace every single detail of each ones life. at least right now i have two things in mind, 1. which moment will i choose when my time has come? 2. thank god the film was made before CGI era
Kore-Eda is, as a friend put it, a very "generous" director. After Life takes a high concept and makes it intimate and sorrowful. That Japanese term, "mono no aware," the feeling of wistfulness at life's fleeting nature -- that's what this gentle movie embodies.
Hay un encanto documental en "After life". La representación de la vida. La memoria como fuente de contemplación y también como fuente fílmica. Koreeda a través de una trama fantástica promueve un discurso metaficcional. Fascinante es una escena que deja al descubierto cómo la memoria no siempre será fiel, muy a pesar no se extravía la esencia de la idea. El diálogo entre no recordar y responsabilizarse de sí mismo.