Still The Water often looks and feels beautiful, and it's a sweetly harmonious, meditative and tranquil story about life, love and death. However, the film, struggling too hard to find a universal meaning, is clearly not as deep as it thinks it is, and sadly not as remarkable as I expected it to be, as director Naomi Kawase considers it her masterpiece.
The latest movie from the finest living active filmmaker from Japan. One of my top 10 films of 2014. Check out the trailer attached to my review on my blog and you will have an idea of the quality of the film. The full review is at http://moviessansfrontiers.blogspot.in/2015/04/176-japanese-director-naomi-kawases.html
As it is said, there are some (beautiful) moments of grace and poesy, but I didn't get at all the links between them, i was totally hermetic to what she wanted to say (, if she wanted to say sthg?). Plus, sometimes there is an ugly DV picture, it breaks the wanted beauty. Pretty clumsy then.
TIFF '14 If you thought that Kawase's previous films were just too action-packed this may be the one for you. Very slow and tepid film almost saved by its gorgeous vistas and camera work but only almost. The slight story with its clumsy allusions to the power of nature, forgiveness and love isn't worth over thinking. Kudos to dp Yutaka Yamazaki.
Disappointing in the end. Moments of brilliance, especially in the way the sea was brought to life. But the script is infested with too many 'events' for its own good. At times you would want a leisurely shot to just continue like when the two kids cycle together, or when the setting sun was shot, I have lost count of how many times I silently whispered to myself, "Weerasethakul wouldn't have done it that way".
Uma delicada fábula da vida em essência e da essência da morte, aonde o homem se torna pequeno, transcendido pelo canto, música, dança.E aqui, à beira do oceano infinito, com esse “documentário” desbotado em ficção,um filme tão poderoso como a fúria das ondas, tão gigantesco como a tela grande.E mesmo assim, com certa tranquilidade “zenploitation”.