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3.9
856 Ratings

Our Little Sister

Umimachi Diary | 海街diary

Directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda
Japan, 2015
Comedy, Drama

Synopsis

Three sisters share a house in the city. They haven’t seen their father for 15 years. When he dies, the three travel to the countryside for his funeral. There they meet their shy teenage half-sister. It won’t be long before they grow fond of the girl.

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Our Little Sister Directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda
Our Little Sister is not as formally engaging as Happy Hour and plays in a more melodramatic emotional register. The achingly beautiful score by Yoko Kanno (Cowboy Bebop, Escaflowne) helps. Yet Kore-eda wisely handles the material with a lightness of touch that emphasizes sensory experience.
August 24, 2016
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The humble seaside setting and the plot, almost shocking in its simplicity, is the perfect pretext for Kore-eda’s quintessential examination of time and memory. Like collected dewdrops, its collated moments of quotidian pleasures reawaken the senses—a bike ride shown in slow motion through a tunnel of sakura blossoms pulsates with the sensorial pleasure of everyday-ness—while giving rise to an awareness of the impermanent nature of an individual life, a family unit, and a town.
July 03, 2016
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Though Our Little Sister lacks the breathtaking rigour of the typical Ozu picture, the resemblance in aura of their work feels more than superficial. Not least because Koreeda seems to be setting into a grove of intimate family dramas, following his sublime Still Walking from 2008, and the sentimental adoption mix-up comedy from 2013, Like Father, Like Son. This new film is about acceptance, responsibility and how families should always be ready to make room for one more.
April 13, 2016
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