A struggling novelist, now working as a private detective under the pretense of doing research, attempts to reconcile with his aging mother, ex-wife and 11-year-old son. As a typhoon passes, they end up spending the night together in his mother's Tokyo apartment, but things don't go particularly well for this fractured family. Official Selection - Cannes Film Festival.
After the Storm – Is a slow and dialog driven drama from director Hirokazu Kore-eda. The story revolves around a struggling novelist who after his divorce is unable to move on with his life. While the story is slow, it is well worth sticking with. Ryota (played by Hiroshi Abe), through a series of remembrances, comes to grip with not only his divorce and life, but also his relationship to his dead father. One added bonus, Kiki Kilin gives a stellar performance as Ryota’s mother. (Japanese with English subtitles)
I grew up in one of those apartment conplex in Japan, called DANCHI, like the one where the mother lives in this movie. It was very small and the rent back then was like 150 dollars per month. What I really like about this movie is very real and a small life that ordinary Japanese people have is very well described in this movie. Nothing really big and major does not happen but many little mistates and bad choices lead us to the situation "I never meant my life to turn out this way....." I really loved the ending, too. It was very realistic and bitter sweet.