Un'affascinante visione della morte e di come l'uomo, un po' sentimentale, un po' vanesio, cerchi di dare al defunto la bellezza e la dignità che gli sono forse mancate in vita, sfruttando l'estrema occasione concessaci, come se l'importante fosse solo riuscire a dare un elegante ultimo saluto. Colmo della tipica eleganza cinematografica asiatica, Departures soffre solo di un eccessivo sentimentalismo nel finale.
'Departures' has a few recycled ideas which should indicate how affecting you will find this film. It requires a sense of quiet and patience for its long, slow running time, but unfortunately I couldn't enter the film's goofy/somber mood. Its simple message of experiencing before judging is nice, but reiterated a little too frequently. Death's propaganda.
A sentimental movie shot with great Japanese style and humour. It's the style that saves it - in another director's hands the sentimentality would destroy it. The understatement and the attention to detail makes it appear more meaningful than it is. Still, an entertaining divertissement.
Beautiful setting, touching and emotional story. Interesting topic and the way this film handles it. Very good cast and acting in my opinion. It's very emotional, sad, sometimes bittersweet, and sometimes funny. It also explains some aspects of Japanese culture, how they honour the dead, and most of all how professions like undertakers still somehow remain socially awkward.
I was confused because the film itself is unremarkable in terms of: script, camera-work, pace (in fact, it could be condensed to about 90mins), and I found some elements predictable. But the little funeral inserts of characters in no way connected to the plot are beautiful and prompted a couple (well, a fair few) tears. These short sequences managed to condense decades of feeling - impressive but otherwise average.