The Aso, a family of four, live in the old town of Nara. On the day of the Jizo Festival in the dizzying heat of midsummer, Kei, one of the Aso’s twin boys suddenly disappears, as if he had been spirited away…
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In the closing moments you forget what something is and remember what everything feels like in those closing moments I could not conjure my own name from an echo I am time and space, the camera in orbit, capturing me, distance is enveloped. I see only the film only a light that stands for darkness, as it was the film lingers but I see it now for true, I remember who I am where I've been and everything becomes anew.
One of those films that's going to haunt me for a long time. Not sure why the characters were as relatable to me as they were, I was lost so much in that communities world, I was almost in a trance. The ending was like leaving a second family/home that I will never see again.
I've always found this to be one of the most beautiful films there are that speak of loss and mourning.
Kawase's camera moves, follows and wanders through Nara and it's characters like a vigorous phantom with the curiosity of a child, discovering the visible and the invisible, since it's first awakened from the darkness to it's final flight of victory.
A beautiful experience, it shouldn't be missed.
Amazing film for keen viewers who can observe the camera's perspective, love contemplative cinema discussing life and death, and accept women to be as important as men or even more. Director -writer Naomi Kawase is Japan's Terrence Malick. My detailed review is at moviessansfrontiers.blogspot.in/2017/06/207-japanese-director-naomi-kawases.html