Leaving her alcoholic husband, Eiko takes their son Masaya away from Tokyo and back to her hometown in a Kyushu rural mining community. She toils to support him though many years of ... See full summary »
After the collapse of their relationship, Kiwako abducts the 6-month old child of a man she was having an affair with. Raising the child as her own, it is four years before the authorities catch up with her and the young child.
I randomly picked this movie on a flight from San Francisco to Tokyo and I had a hard time not bursting into tears at times.
The movie demonstrates how difficult it is to judge the morality of some actions. It uses the case of a well- respected senior police officer who kills is beloved wife who suffers from Alzheimer's.
As always, the reality is much more complex than it appears on the surface and uncovering the truth will start a whirlwind of accusation and prejudices.
It also demonstrates the emotional costs of trying to find that moral truth instead of simply accepting ourselves as unable to do so.
I liked the overall Japanese aesthetics - slowness, silences, use of colors and shapes - that others may have interpreted as plot holes, but that reminded me of other Japanese movies like Woman in the dunes, or Rashômon.
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