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Futatsume no mado (2014)

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On a subtropical island, a teenage couple deal with the interwoven cycle of life, death and love.

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Naomi Kawase

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Naomi Kawase (screenplay)
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Cast overview:
Nijirô Murakami Nijirô Murakami ... Kaito
Junko Abe ... Kyôko (as Jun Yoshinaga)
Miyuki Matsuda ... Isa
Tetta Sugimoto Tetta Sugimoto ... Tôru
Makiko Watanabe ... Misaki
Jun Murakami ... Atsushi
Hideo Sakaki Hideo Sakaki
Sadae Sakae Sadae Sakae
Kazurô Maeda Kazurô Maeda
Mitsuaki Nakano Mitsuaki Nakano
Yukiharu Kawabata Yukiharu Kawabata
Yukiyo Maeda Yukiyo Maeda
Kinue Yasuda Kinue Yasuda
Fujio Tokita Fujio Tokita
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On the subtropical Japanese island of Amami, traditions about nature remain eternal. During the full-moon night of traditional dances in August, 16-year-old Kaito discovers a dead body floating in the sea. His girlfriend Kyoko will attempt to help him understand this mysterious discovery. Together, Kaito and Kyoko will learn to become adults by experiencing the interwoven cycles of life, death and love. Written by Cannes Film Festival

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Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

26 July 2014 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Still the Water See more »

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Amami, Kagoshima, Japan See more »

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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Still The Water
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Cello by Maeva Le Berre
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A beautiful poem about life, love and death
30 November 2014 | by jlrousse04See all my reviews

No, the last film of Naomi Kawase, internationally known as "Still the water", is not a film reserved to "intellectual people", as I heard recently. If we refer to "Last year at Marienbad" (Resnais-1961) as a film for"intellectual people", we find no common point, except slowness of the rhythm.

The spectator should only follow the example of the female heroin, Kyoko, who, in one scene at the beginning, dives into the sea with all her clothes (except her shoes), and enjoy this bath, meeting joyfully with the old-fellow fisherman, "PapyTortoise".

Following her example, we, spectators, should dive into the film, and enjoy the play of sunlight across the branches of the old banyan, just in front of the terrace of Kyoko's house; enjoy the meals lovely prepared by Kyoko's father (so much different from the meals eaten in a restaurant at Tokyo by Kaito, Kyoko's lover, and his father; and completely opposed to the food left by Kaito's mother in the refrigerator); enjoy even the soft departure of Isa, Kyoko's mother, after a long illness, among songs and dances.

I love so much this warm celebration of la joie de vivre, typically a Japanese one, as, after each disaster, typhoon, earthquake or tsunami, we see Japanese people build again, with a strong faith in life, all that has been destroyed.


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