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
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.
un film che per molti versi sorprendente. Bella regia "spiritica". la telecamera, grazie all'uso di lunghi piani sequenza, da l'impressione di una presenza concreta e invisibile all'interno della scena che spia i personaggi della vicenda (la qual cosa è esplicitata nel finale). Funzionale la scelta dell'assenza di una colonna sonora (anche se fa capolino nella lunghissima e magnifica scena del ballo).
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.