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One of the finest all-time Japanese films. Yumiko, struggling with the sudden loss of her husband, becomes remarried and moves with her young son to a remote village in the wild, untamed Sea of Japan. With time she comes to understand life, love, and a sense of peace.
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This is a must see for film lovers. Watch with your full attention and let the movie's rhythm sway you.
images framed long and slow like the esteemed dutch painter contemplating something darker than his typical subject
few movies consider grief in such a profoundly and mysteriously moving way
thankyou Hiokazu Kore-eda
Sadly, Yumiko gets a knock on the door, as several police officers ask about her husband and his job. She is accompanied to the police station where she is presented his belongings. There she is told, he walked in front of an oncoming train, despite its warnings, he kept on walking ... an apparent suicide. She is discouraged from viewing what is left of his body. She is distaught and receives help from a neighbor and her mother ... As time passes, four years go by, and a kindly neighbor becomes match-maker, as her son and she board a train to northern Japan to a small fishing village.
Yumiko partakes of a wedding celebration with her new husband, a haunting beautiful ballad is sung by a male guest as the wedding guests clap out the rhythm. Her new life begins ... The stark beauty of the mountain scenery, the shore, the village, and ocean are superbly filmed. Yumiko's son and stepdaughter explore the coast in breath-taking scenery ... Yumiko is enculturated into the lifestyle of the village. During one haunting scene, a group of villagers walk along a road to the sea coast ... There is a bonfire which could be a funeral pyre for someone. Yumiko is met by her husband as she sobs out her questions, why did he kill himself, what made him do it? Her second husband tells a story about the beguiling nature of the ocean which also calls to fishermen, when they are out fishing alone ... It is the nature of life to sometimes call some people back to the "maborosi" ("the light")... Erika Borsos [pepper flower]
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A tale told, almost without words, about the tragic power of irrevocable loss and the redemptive power of everyday life.