Every film from Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" essays.
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.
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,…
The east asian new wave films ive got to know in the 21st century are hyper stylized and they're either gory thillers or the romantic, ethereal types. However Departures seems to be part of a neorealist movement reminiscent to the works of Ozu and Naruse.
This film could have been very dreary and draining but Takita keeps it surpisingly light and it turned out to be a lot more fun than i thought. Yet there is a lot of emotional resonance, especially in that heart wrenching final scene. Its a soft, enjoyable and poignant look at the ebb and flow of life.
I really must not have been paying attention to the Oscars for the last half-decade or so, as I only recently discovered this movie existed, let alone won the Foreign Language award in 2008.
Daigo Kobayashi (Masahiro Motoki) is a cellist who is forced to give up his dream of professional musicianship, and his expensive cello, when the orchestra he has recently joined folds. He moves back to his home town and the house left to him by his deceased mother, accompanied by his loyal wife. He answers a job advert in 'departures' and finds himself in the business of 'encoffining'; a traditional art of embalming performed inf front of the deceased's family during the funeral ceremony.
Like Karl Markovic's…
A newly unemployed cellist takes a job preparing the dead for funerals.
I enjoyed Departures, although I'm surprised it won the Oscar for best film in a foreign language. It's a solid and well made whimsical film but for me doesn't have the weight of an awards contender.
It's quite an original film, as apart from Bernie I haven't seen another set around a funeral home. I did like the social taboo of being part of that industry and why his wife can't understand why he grows to appreciate the artform of what he is doing. At times the film does get a little melodramatic but I think that is a strength rather than a weakness.
Well worth seeking out, but it won't change your life.
Not nearly as effective as a Koreeda picture but has enough charm to keep it from veering into tedium.
Last good bye for new start.
Who would have thought the story of an unemployed cellist becoming an undertaker could be so moving?
Slow and predictable, but still beautiful.
Profoundly moving. Not one I am sure I would watch again and again, but I highly recommend this.
This film fucking made me cry. And it's Japanese!
It deals with the "what if" relationship between a father and a son. And not to mention, that son works in a funeral parlor, beautifying the dead---don't know the exact term for the profession, but I guess the Japanese have this in their culture.
A total must-see. I'm not even being sarcastic.
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Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
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