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.
Did You Know?
In order to not endanger the crew by filming in the area around the Fukushima disaster nuclear reactor, the director took measurements with a contamination meter; the film crew took dust samples and was counselled by radiation experts in Japan and Munich. See more
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
You're so elegant.
You're an elephant.
Impromptu # 3
Composed by Franz Schubert
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