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Daigo, a cellist, is laid off from his orchestra and moves with his wife back to his small hometown where the living is cheaper. Thinking he’s applying for a job at a travel agency he finds he’s being interviewed for work with departures of a more permanent nature – as an undertaker’s assistant.
Fourth watch of March around the World: Japan. Why does everybody in this film eat in such a disgusting manner? Or is that something Japanese? Departures feels like entry level Asian cinema; the sort of movie you’d recommend to one of your friends who just started digging the first layers of serious film watching and who asks you to give him some titles with which he may commence his journey. That positions is also resembled in the absurdly high IMDb-score for Departures, whilst most Letterboxd-users will certainly agree with me that the rich world of Asian cinema has plenty of better gems to offer than this light-hearted experience. Personally, I think it is too longwinded and lacking in scenes that leave much impression. It’s typical, and a pity, that this is one of the few Asian films that has managed to win an Oscar.
The postmortem is wholly conclusive and far from a pretty one. Loved ones may want to leave the room. Those that wish to stay please feel free to leave your messages of condolence below along with any respects you wish to pay. It would be nice to reflect upon a quick passing, a painless death onto a better place. But in a time of grief such as this, hiding the truth will hinder far more than it will help.
In reality Departures is a stinker of a film, a saccharine infested Oscar vehicle that smashed through the gates of the Academy and took what it came for. Any ideas given toward seeing a world in which conflicted characters overcome complicated…
A truly great piece of film making.
Departures is a beautifully acted Japanese movie, which managed to utterly immerse me into the fascinating life of Daigo Kobayashi, a successful cellist, who suddenly finds that his orchestra is to be disbanded.
This life has been a safety net and the regular income vanishes leaving Daigo with no money to pay for the brand new cello he has just bought and is facing big debts. Daigo has to go home and explain this all to his wife Mika.
His confidence in playing or working with another orchestra is all but lost and Daigo decides to sell his instrument and try something else.
From this point the story becomes incredibly touching and poignant…
Departures is the second movie in as many days to leave me on the verge of blubbering like a baby. I just can't handle this, I need to watch something manly. Damn you, Departures. Damn you for being so good.
Daigo, a Cello player, suddenly loses his job as the orchestra he plays in disbands. Returning home, he reluctantly accepts a job as an encoffiner, an act in which one prepares bodies of the deceased before they are placed in coffins. I had never heard of this practice before, so the whole process was at first a little strange but grew to be quite intriguing and by the end I fully understood why people would want to have it done.…
Such a touching portrayal of life and death. Unfortunately it is a movie that has been spoilt by my viewing conditions so I cannot rate it as highly as I think it probably deserves as I wasn't always concentrated. However, having said that I do think it is a poignant film and a deeply moving one at that. I could just feel it, even though I wasn't always mentally there!
My problem is that I have bought a new TV that has come with a technical issue that is frankly driving me bonkers! The thing is to most eyes it would be such a minor thing - which is probably why no word on the issue can be found online,…
A fascinating look at a dying tradition referred to as encoffining, preparing loved ones for their journey after death! It is the last act of love one can do for the deceased and it's done with such moving grace and beauty!
A brilliant, touching and sentimental film unlike anything you have ever seen before!
It won an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film!
After the dissolution his small Tokyo-based orchestra, down on his luck Cellist Daigo leaves the big city with his wife to settle in house left to him by his mother in the small town of his youth. A mix-up in the job ad sees him take a position looking after 'departures' of a different sort than expected and finding his life's calling at great expense.
A film with an interesting story and many sweet moments I was saddened by the hamfisted treatment Departures received. Instead of letting a simplicity of action speak for itself the filmmakers felt the need to really work the audience with the overly emotive music, repetition of dialogue and action just in case you missed the…
Cello, death, bittersweet gentle learning yearning earning. Saccharine, lackluster, foreign Oscar. So what do you want? Asian safe quirk. So tremendously coy! Is this what screenwriters do all day? "Was this a trial I was being put through for not looking after my mother?… I suddenly wanted to play the cello"… Yeah. It's not bad overall, pretty mediocre, very long for what it is, but not bad. "Aren't you ashamed to have a job like that?… Just get a normal job." A bit too cute, too, unfortunately. Sensitivity, wisdom, and all that. Good ol' Japanese wake, and it's got a former cellist this time, missing his dad etc. The "sweet," "plaintive," "bittersweet" steps from death back into life!! Um.
This was totally ok?
Why the hell Netflix thought I would like it 5 stars worth is beyond me.
About 30 minutes it dawned on me what it reminded me of - Sunshine Cleaners and one of any 100's of quirky, gentle mid-00's indie flicks about life upheavals.
This was a thoroughly competent, Japanese version of one of those flicks.
Achei que em alguns momentos eles deixaram de lado a linguagem "oriental" de cinema e usaram algo bem mais "ocidental". Pena.
Mas isso não faz do filme ruim.
Apesar do tema delicado, em alguns momentos A Partida é até leve.
É sempre interessante ver como outras culturas encaram um assunto difícil e inevitável como a morte.
Yeah I watched it and I fucking loved it. Something about this film moved me. Maybe it's because most queer men deal with the abandonment, spatial or emotional, of their fathers or maybe it's because mine recently passed away and I was left feeling an amalgamation of feelings--joy, regret, longing. On some level this film tugged on those strings with gusto, but in doing so it remains staunchly committed to its vision.
As others have stated it is lacking in some pretty critical spots. The character of Mika has virtually no presence or personality and because of this no real tension can be squeezed out of she and Daigo's relationship. Fortunately, this movie isn't really about them, it's about a…
Film #16 of the "Scavenger Hunt #4" Challenge!
Task #11: Film featuring a ceremony performed on/for the dead!
"Sad, isn't it? Coming all this way just to die. It doesn't seem worth it."
"They want to come home. Back to where they were born."
That conversation takes place between two men watching salmon struggle to swim up river to their spawning ground. Both men are closely associated with the dead: one is a cello player who has recently taken a new job as an encoffiner; the other operates the incinerator at a crematorium. Their brief conversation about the life cycles of salmon is one of many poignant moments in Departures.
This film is very meditative, but never…
Awful maudlin and predictable guff. No idea why people who should know better actually rated this film. Also, it's one of the worst films to win the Best Foreign-Language-Cos-Only-English-Is-A-Non-Foreign-Language Oscar Award in recent memory. Which is saying something.
I've watched this film over and over again and it never gets tiresome. An extremely moving piece of drama that is laced with themes of reconciliation, forgiveness and being a professional and serving with pride. A superb all-round cast which I love and this film shatters all taboos that comes with the profession of a "casketer". Get ready to feel touched, moved, entertained and sob all in one movie. Totally recommend to anyone who missed this Academy Award winning film for "Best Foreign Picture".
Quite depressing, but I loved the characters and their development.
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Sometimes I get stuck in a rut when it comes to watching films. I either just watch anything that comes…