Naomi Kawase falls deeper into her own cinematographic style, losing some plenitude but polishing her aesthetic accomplishments to the maximum. Nature becomes the protagonist of this riveting film, full of beautiful images and enlivened by a lyrical reflection on life and aging.
Beautiful and poetic. The first half introduces main characters, especially Machiko who lost her child. The second half developes the relationship of two main character, when they went into the forest. Some scenes is unforgettable. Yeah, it's slow but worth watching. A true gem.
Le son du vent bruissant dans les feuillages ; des regards furtifs qui se croisent a peine ; des gestes brusques mais sinceres. Avant toute chose, le silence dans sa purete et son immensite. Un film comme une vraie bouffee d oxygene, a respirer de toute urgence en cas d asphyxie urbaine.
A beautiful tale, that completely sweeped me off my feet emotionally - when I caught a screening of it at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival back in 2007. The relationship between Shigeki and Machiko develops with such calm poetry, and the affection they have for each other is both utterly believable and strangely painful in its raw honesty. A true gem, this film. Check it out.