Un ritratto familiare dipinto con un'eleganza cinematografica sublime, degna di omaggiare lo stile impeccabile del maestro Ozu. Brillante in ogni inquadratura, ogni colore ed ogni utilizzo incantevole della profondità di campo. Le dinamiche familiari raccontate sono pregne di un realismo semplice ma efficace, col quale è impossibile non relazionarsi. Emozionante.
On nous peaufine une étonnante représentation de la nature humaine, dans toutes ses discrètes nuances et ses intimes fragilités, avec ses indicibles richesses et ses fâcheux atermoiements, filmée en toute discrétion et magnificence, à la manière pointilliste d'un Georges Seurat en grâce et en inspiration ou bien sous perfusion auprès d'un Anton Tchekhov resplendissant de finesse et de légèreté. www.cinefiches.com
Really similar to Yasujiro Ozu and his film Tokyo Story (1953). I watched Tokyo-Ga (1985), a documentary on Ozu, before seeing Tokyo Story in a PAAS course on humanism in Japanese cinema; essentially, Still Walking relates to Tokyo Story in that they both focus on existentialism and the meaning of life and work (bonus is modern Japanese aesthetics/mise-en-scene).
This movie evokes nostalgia for a time and place with people you've never met. Using anecdotal details about family life, the narrative is driven by interpersonal relationships and stories of the past. Definitely an emotionally enriching film, keenly representing the small joys that make life beautiful.
It works spectacularly as an exposition of an Asian manner of repressing the unsolvable problems of the family. Food becomes a means of shutting down conflict; humour a means of diffusing well-worn tensions. The sweaty man becomes a locus for cruel catharsis (a poor form of bonding); and if there's a sense of hope at the end, it's because the family attains a wary peace without having reconciled their differences.
There are so many things I like about this film. Camera work so non-intrusive that it puts you on the inside, acting so convincing that it doesn't feel like acting and a multitude of observations about the joys and pain of family life that surely anyone who gives the film a chance can identify with. Really, it's very hard to fault.