Koreeda captures subtext in the most gentle & naturalistic way through an “everyday family drama”. Prior to watching this film, I’ve also seen Nobody Knows which was much heavier than this film. “Dad was not a good man, but he must have been a kind one.” ”What makes you say that?” ”Well, he left behind a sister like her for us.” ”I guess he was. He must have been.”
Like Kore Eda's previous movies, slow passing does not bored but provides hidden information. There is no meaningful conflict, indeed this is real life. The greatness of the hearts of the three sisters to accept his little sister, Suzu, would have done a lot of people. That it is their house that unknowingly unites their family even in a pathetic form.
first movie of 2018! i've been sick for a week+ and got worse today (really feeling like i'm at my wits' end here help lol) so i needed some cheering up - this came through. a super-super heartwarming movie with not much plot but the 2 hours still went by fast looking at the beautiful cinematography and actresses.
Koreeda captures subtext in the most gentle & naturalistic way through a “everyday family drama”. “Dad was not a good man, but he must have been a kind one.” ”What makes you say that?” ”Well, he left behind a sister like her for us.” ”I guess he was. He must have been.”
Upon meeting Koreeda some years ago, I meekly requested his autograph on my DVD of "After Life". He seemed to blush but bowed and signed the case with care. Just before handing it back to me, he paused thoughtfully and embellished his signature with a smiley face. Only a person who exudes that kind of gentle kindness and light whimsy could craft a film like this with sincerity, not schmaltz. :-)
Miserable wretch that I am, I remain partial to Kore-eda's bleaker films (at least to the best of them, Maborosi), but I both loved watching and, well, kind of needed to watch Our Little Sister. I was reminded of the gentlest, least plotted Studio Ghibli films--I wasn't surprised to read in the credits that it's a manga adaptation--full of rich, restorative feeling that regularly risks but rarely succumbs to treacle.
How could i never got interested in Koreada`s work? I think it was because i was a child and not mature enough. This is my most beloved Asian film so far, has a long-forgotten touch once every cinephile had known as Ozu touch. Although you can easily trace Kore-eda`s mastery to Ozu, He has always confessed that he is more obsessed with Naruse style.