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Three sisters live together in their late grandmother's house in the city of Kamakura. They have lived together since their dad left home for another woman. They have lived together since their mum imitated her husband by running off with another man... Sachi, 29, the oldest Koda sister, a nurse at the local hospital, acts as a substitute mother to Yoshino, 22, and Chika, 19. One day, the threesome learns of the death of their "traitor" father and it is only halfheartedly that they go to his funeral. But in Yamagata something unexpected happens: they meet their half-sister Suzu, 13, there and immediately fall for the spell of this exquisite young creature. Sensing that Yoko, her father's widow, will not be a fit guardian. Sachi invites Suzu to move to Kamakura home...Written by
Haruka Ayase, who played the eldest daughter Sachi, is know in Japan for her open, bubbly and sunny personality who is quick to laugh. When Koreeda met her, he came away with an impression that Ayase was more of a "Woman of Showa Period (1926 to 1989)" and close to Oz's muse, Setsuko Hara with her quiet and introspective beauty, elegance and grace. With this in mind, he wanted to shoot the film in style after Ozu. During the filming of dining scene when sisters discussed their father's death, he positioned the dining table in a manner Ozu had used - having the table set perpendicular to the line of tatami mattress. However, Koreeda felt the perpendicular composition to be too formal and restrictive. So he decided to move dining table and actresses around a little off horizontal to make the scene more natural and every-day family life-like, ended up much closer to what Director Naruse did with his composition. See more »
When the four sisters are having their lunch with Chika's boyfriend at their house, in the interior shot looking outward, all the noodles on the main plate have been eaten.
In the next scene, an exterior scene looking inward to the house, Sachi reaches down and takes the plate away but Chika reaches up and takes several noodles off the plate with her chopsticks. See more »
This movie is 128 minutes long and at the end i was hoping it could go on for two more hours. For me it is the essence of what cinema should be. Great story real characters and real life ! Just a few days before i was watching SW7 and thought it was an OK movie but while watching "our little sister" i was realizing how much better cinema can be and how bad most Hollywood blockbusters really are. I know its like comparing a Michelin star cook to Mc Donald's but when you tasted both you realize one is art and one is fast food. One you eat because you're hungry (bored) and one because it tastes great. This movie is art because it touches you in a special way ... not you ego but your humanity.
Compared to Hirokazu Koreeda previous movie "like father like son" the story is very loose sometime you even think there is none. You also get tricked by the expectations other movies force you to have by repeating the same motives over and over again. I'm not sure if this is intentional or the movie is just so different.
Like most Japanese or Asian movies there is some stuff that could be a little bit to slapstick and melodramatic for western viewers but that's a very small price to pay.
If you don't count anime "our little sister" makes it in my top 5 Asian movies of all time. I highly recommend it.
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