Following a botched love story, Marie, a young German, lands in Fukushima, determined to change her life. But it is easier said than done. Marie indeed has difficulty in adapting not only to Japanese life but even more so to life in a martyred city. She ends up finding refuge with old Satomi, the last living geisha in town. The young woman even follows her to the house she was born in regardless of the fact that it lies within the forbidden contaminated zone. The cohabitation between the two women proves anything but easy, different as they are from each other. But little by little true friendship develops between them.Written by
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When Marie and Satomi are sleeping next to each other, Satomi takes a cup of salt behind her pillow, places it between their two beds and throws some salt around Marie to keep ghosts away. In the next shot, the cup of salt is again behind Satomi's pillow. See more »
I liked the acting of Rosalie Thomass. And I can relate to her decision to venture to a faraway place in order to escape her messed up life. And the fact that she almost gave up, but decided at last moment to stay, to follow through. Kind of pivotal point in the character's life, suggesting that from now on she will take life seriously, she will show grit and not give in to easy temptations (like the one that ruined her almost marriage). Occasionally the character acts awkwardly (like bursting in tears, or not knowing how to sweep the floor). I think this is not unlike real life: people do behave awkwardly sometimes, or change their mind, or change their view of the world; all these apply to both main characters in the movie: the German young woman and the former geisha.
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