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Still the Water

Futatsume no mado | 2つ目の窓

Directed by Naomi Kawase
Japan, France, 2014
Romance, Drama


Set on a tropical Japanese Island, home to families who have lived there for generations, teenage Kyoto is falling in love with Kaito. Kyoto’s beloved mother, a shaman, lies dying in the shade of their 400-year-old tree. Despite Kyoto’s grief, Kaito suffers more, cut off from history and meaning.

Still the Water Directed by Naomi Kawase
Kawase’s work isn’t particularly well-known away from the festival circuit: as far as I’m aware, Still the Water is the first of her films to be given even a limited cinema release in the UK. It’s perhaps not quite strong enough to kick-start a Kawase craze, although fans of Hirokazu Kore-eda’s tender family dramas should find much to enjoy. It’s cinema to drift through. You can feel it washing between your toes.
July 02, 2015
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Translated from the Japanese, the title is The Second Window, which is better than what the festival’s going with. It gets at Kawase’s themes of rebirth and alternative choices. There really is a worldview here in the pretty, protracted death scene, the typhoon sequence, and the sex that often looks like CPR. She’s talking about the release of life and its reclamation and rechanneling.
May 20, 2014
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If Still the Water does not top the major works of this Japanese director, it has some remarkable moments, and one in particular that achieves great commotion by filming faces, profiles, in the middle of sadness bursts, and which confirm the sensibility of telling tales about the disseminated frontier between the affection of the living and their death ones.
May 19, 2014
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