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Little Forest: Summer/Autumn (2014)

Ichiko (Ai Hashimoto) lived in a big city, but goes back to her small hometown Komori, located on a mountain in the Tohoku region. She is self-sufficient. Ichiko gains energy living among ... See full summary »

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Jun'ichi Mori (as Junichi Mori)

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Daisuke Igarashi (manga), Jun'ichi Mori (screenplay) (as Junichi Mori)
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Ai Hashimoto Ai Hashimoto ... Ichiko
Mayu Matsuoka ... Kikko
Yôichi Nukumizu Yôichi Nukumizu
Karen Kirishima Karen Kirishima
Takahiro Miura
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Ichiko (Ai Hashimoto) lived in a big city, but goes back to her small hometown Komori, located on a mountain in the Tohoku region. She is self-sufficient. Ichiko gains energy living among nature and eating foods she makes from seasonal ingredients. Written by Asianwiki

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Live off the land and recharge. A film of four seasons.

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30 August 2014 (Japan) See more »

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Pequena Floresta: Verão/Outono See more »

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Ohshu, Iwate, Japan

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The modern Human being as part of the Nature
21 August 2015 | by HombredelfuturoSee all my reviews

...the protagonist, a girl; comes back to her home in a rural area after have been living in the city for some time. The film shows a total exchange between Human beings and Nature. Displays the days (seasons) based on the food. Food that she make in an organically way; so, there are dishes (1st, 2nd, etc) then a voice giving us detailed specs of those delicious recipes. It also shows us enough of the daily work performed directly in that interchange with Nature. On one side is for what has she come for (and her doubts); this is something that is seen throughout the film. An example is the distant relationship with her mother in the past. Now, she has gone but nobody know(still)where; she has not left a note and the protagonist, does not seems to care much about it. The girl speaks not so much, but when she does it, generates concise thoughts that clears up her mind. The relationship with friends and old time neighbors is showed too. She acts just OK; she does not express any feeling; in a robotic kind of way.

Correct photography and beautiful landscapes make that with a few shoots one has a great idea of ​​what would be a life in such rural area.

Maybe that's the way we human beings should have evolved?... respect for nature, little intervention or necessary and delimited foot prints; each one living in their own way but in a civilized manner; adequate share of progress and technology. A fine tuning that many have lost; probably because we are too many and livelihood is not easy for most; Also worth seeing that the countryside of some countries is more likely to achieve this link between nature and technology due to have several details of the modern life tuned. The film has everything to be a great drama, however, it does not generate the necessary spark; it needs a bit more depth, more involved acting in the main character (this film has not the power of a Kiarostami film...); or perhaps that was what the director wanted to show¿? show a girl who seems to be immune to everything. There is a second part (another movie) called Winter/Spring; where I suppose, will close this cycle.


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