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Peace

Directed by Kazuhiro Soda
Japan, United States, 2010
Documentary
  • Japanese
  • English, French, Spanish
Kazuhiro Soda: Radical Observation

Synopsis

What is peace? What is coexistence? This award-winning observational documentary contemplates these questions by observing the daily lives of people and cats in Okayama city, where life and death, acceptance and rejection are intermingled.

Our take

Following the arresting Inland Sea, we leap back to this earlier, poetic documentary by the great Kazuhiro Soda. Peace is a film composed by a master observer—harmonizing an intimate portrait of an elderly couple with an erudite meditation on the nature and the function of peace in modern life.

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Critics reviews

The relationship between Hiroko and Hashimoto and between Hashimoto and his disease and approaching demise bring the film’s themes sharply into focus, while providing moments of drama all the more powerful for emerging unmediated, rather than from a question sheet.
July 15, 2011
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Soda’s style of observational filmmaking, surprisingly intense in its leisurely unfolding, never lingers poetically on shots of flowers or sunrises. Instead, the helmer finds interest in the everyday details of Toshio’s rounds, from his friendly exchanges with the families of his passengers to the mechanics of loading a wheelchair onto his van.
March 12, 2011
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