Depicts the life of a family in a remote Japanese timber village. Family head Tahara Kozo lives with his mother Sachiko, wife Yasuyo, nephew Eisuke and young daughter Michiru. Economic ... See full summary »
The Aso family live in the old town of Nara. One Day, Kei, one of the Aso's twin boys suddenly disappears. Five years later seventeen-year old Shun, the remaining twin, is an art student. ... See full summary »
The movie was very well made, in both chronological and artistic means. Kawase shoots the movie with her passion and beautiful essence, but the occasional personal pathos doesn't feel heavy at all. Instead it feels light and touching. Her framing and camera moving is so unique. Her films have so strong and powerful emotion. Understanding the inner feelings of adopted person, this movie is deeply touching and honest. How hard it must have been to create such self-portrait for Kawase. You could feel the pain of the director herself. Despite very honest description, all characters are portrayed in honest and beautiful meaning. If someone would sometimes make movie about me, I would want it to be Naomi Kawase. Grandmothers are afteral, the best in this world.
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