When her husband commits suicide for no apparent reason, a woman becomes deeply troubled by guilt. After spending years in solitude and then remarrying, she begins to find happiness again—but when she returns to her hometown, a flood of old memories haunts her.
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A masterful hunting and somber feature film debut from Kore-eda...the first film I've seen of his was Still Walking (although the first time I heard of him was "Nobody Knows") and i had quite the affinity for that particular film. I'm gonna seek out everything I can of his. A gifted filmmaker to keep a eye out for certainly.
Hard to say why I like this film so much. Watching it your whole being is still. Maybe it's the little scene when she last sees her husband and he moves sort of like The Little Tramp.
Just one of those times when you know someone just plain got it right.
A story about the inability of a single woman, let alone mother, to express her guilt and melancholia for losing the people she had once loved. Extremely adept at immediately creating a tone of quiet sorrow. A magic realist intake with themes like the "will o’ the wisps" and psychological escapism through naturalism and the Japanese countryside. A beautiful piece of art. Hirokazu Kore-eda is Yasujiro Ozu's legacy.