What is the one memory you would take with you?
After death, people have just one week to choose only a memory to keep for eternity.
After death, people have just one week to choose only a memory to keep for eternity.
Wandâfuru raifu, Wonderful Life, 원더풀 라이프
After Life uses a fantastical concept to accentuate its point, namely value inherent in our best memories. To do so it presents a waypoint between life and the afterlife, where passing spirits choose a single memory in their lives to take with them to the Great Beyond as they will forget everything else. What that exactly entails is vague, but the implication is that this is a critical decision for each to ponder carefully over.
And so lies a juncture in spiritual space, whose sole purpose is to facilitate such reflection. Once the memory is chosen the staff then recreates it on-film for the individual to see. At that point they depart, and we never see them again. Presumably it…
I'm a pretty happy-go-lucky guy. In general, I live for now and try not to concern myself with the past; I learn from my mistakes and move on with my life. At least that is what I always tell myself. Once in a while something like After Life comes along which makes me reconsider that which has come before.
There is honestly not a tonne to the film aside from the concept, and at times it even feels like a documentary since there are a lot of camera-facing, individual interviews, but the topic is a fascinating one. You are about to leave this Earth forever; what is that one memory you would take with you? You would lose all else…
If you had to distill your life into a single moment that defines you, that made you happy, that you were proud of, could you do it? If this is the end of your life, and this moment is the only one you could take with you beyond, could you do it?
This is the question that Hirokazu Koreeda poses in After Life. It’s a gentle, sweet, and strangely peaceful tale that is filled with poignant moments and stories, and raises more spiritual questions than it answers.
A true gem.
kore-eda!!!!! it feels very hard to give this a rating. so much of it's impact lies in the ripple it creates within you. the introspection; how it forces you to look at your own life and memories, and think about which one is not only the most important to you, but that you want to cherish for eternity. what moment sums everything up for you?
it also seems to be a love letter to cinema. suggesting that we often see our memories in a different light & the way they become sort of cinematic. how we can see memories outside of our own bodies and become the director of things that already happened to us. how cinema allows people to capture a moment in time and come back to it as a way to remind us of who we were... who we are.
After Life is my absolute least favorite movie from Hirokazu Koreeda by a long long mile. When it comes to ambitious premise with a relatively stripped-down budget, you either get Alphaville, or Dogville, and After Life is for sure stuck in the limbo state, as every single character is in the movie.
With a premise as intriguing as it's supernatural, After Life is oddly naturalistic in its approaches to present the supposedly quirky ghost world, with a large portion of the runtime being amateur performers taking about their personal stories a la interview style. It's objectively mind-numbing to sit through a bunch of deceased individuals' life stories when most of them are not charismatic enough to carry the narrative forward…
I’m a recent uni grad. Your typical post-grad thrust into a highly competitive job market with little-to-no turning point on the horizon, funnily enough. Hardly a particularly unique woe, granted. But if there’s one thing that would make times more personally palatable when wading that foggy limbo between academia and adulthood, it’s to go through it amongst good people. And the real crime of my student days coming to a close isn’t that I may have to send in an extra dozen applications, it’s that I’m no longer around those very people I’ve become inseparable from. Even if we turn a blind eye to this whole global pandemic thing, the odds of getting all the gang back together for as…
It resembles an old shabby boarding house, barely furnished with infirmary-like rooms where you can almost feel the windy draft circulating around the room. The very first section of "After Life" incorporates a handheld camera as it traces the shuffling feet of two men climbing a flight of stairs with a degree of unrestrained mania in its observation. A superimposed intertitle heightens the feeling of this being just another manic Monday for these two employees as they head towards a briefing room to be informed of their assignments for this upcoming new week. The assignments will always be the same every week, for this spartan building is in fact a transitional place between life and the sweet hereafter. I love…
there’s truly no one doing it quite like kore-eda
Day #21 of Japanuary!
Continuing with the theme of watching Japanese films throughout January, I decided to watch a film directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda.
I had only seen a couple of Kore-eda's films before watching After Life, but I knew from the two films I had seen that he was a special director. The films I had seen offered such genuine depictions of human interactions and feelings. After Life ended up being no different. It's more existential and experimental than his family dramas, but the humanistic touch is as present as ever.
The film's premise has to do with recently deceased people choosing one memory to take with them to the afterlife, and they will have no memory of anything…
The premise of the film, and the dialogues of the characters are both so thought provoking that me and my girlfriend had to pause the film (several times actually) to discuss our own favourite memories. Let's be honest. Is there even possible not spending time thinking about that one perfect memory when watching this film?
Although there are a lot of different characters in the movie, both newcomers and those working in "limbo", we have no trouble telling them apart. Each one is unique and irreplaceable, and I fell deeply in love with all of them. I guess the reason for this is that most of the memories the characters speak of are the actors' own real, actual memories. Many…
Although within subsequent years he has continued to provide audiences with heartbreaking family dramas within Still Walking and Nobody Knows, nothing under Hirokazu Kore-eda's own filmography has ever matched what he has provided in After Life - a deeply philosophical film about what happens the moment after one's passing. Within subsequent years, Hirokazu Kore-eda has already proven himself to be one of the most thoughtful filmmakers working today and with After Life, it is easy to see where such roots have emerged. After Life represents a sort of cinema that rings close to every last one of my sensibilities - and it moves me deeply.
After Life never directly shows what is happening in heaven just yet, but rather it…
On a cold winter morning, not long before the first snowfall, a group of people entering an old building make their way through the dense fog. In that place, already gathered, they are informed that they have recently died and that one last assignment must fulfilled; they have to choose only one memory of their lifetime which will be recreated especially for them. They have only three days to choose since this memory, and the emotions it evokes, will be the only thing that will remain within them in the afterlife, the rest of their life will be forgotten.
Based on this suggestive premise, Hirokazu Kore-eda proposes a reflection on life, its meaning, memory and oblivion. It's through an examination…
sorry koreeda but this was indeed a bore
its been a pretty exhausting two days moving sucks and i still have so much to do but i got vaccinated this morning (part 1) and spent all yesterday and today buying and building furniture so im pretty much down for the count at the moment. i have a tendency in all scenarios to focus extremely hard and singlemindedly on one task at a time and then to work extremely hard to finish it until my body forces me to stop and idk how typical that is but we are at the point where it feels like i need to not move my legs for at least a day lol. so what better thing to do while i am laying…
never seen anything like this so so beautiful
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Drömmar är en bra vägledare för hur exakt du vill leva ditt liv. När du ser tillbaka på ditt liv, vad är det som dyker upp? Vad gjorde dig lycklig? Vad är det för minnen du kommer sakna när du blir äldre och ditt sinne sakta förtvinar? Att se tillbaka på ditt liv kan leda till flera uppenbarelser. After Life tillåter dig utforska dessa tankegångar.
Filmen handlar om en verksamhet som hanterar människors förvandling ifrån ett levande tillstånd till ett slags efterliv. Ett slags efterliv där du får ta med ett, och ja endast ett minne. Det är verksamhetens jobb att prata igenom personernas liv och hitta detta minne för att sen…
After Life is a really poignant movie with lovely characters. Unfortunately, it fails to answer the fundamental question: whether or not the dead therapists / film producers get paid.
Filme consegue estabelecer uma relação afetiva através das lembranças dos mais diversos tipos de pessoas. A utilização da arte de se fazer cinema como uma forma de recriar memórias e eterniza-las no pós vida surge como uma metalinguagem interessante, pois o próprio cinema possui esse efeito de registrar um momento, exorcizando o tempo. O estilo documental que guia as entrevistas e a dialética que surge entre realizar ou não sua escolha movimentam a narrativa, mas, no geral, sinto um alongamento desnecessário ao filme. Muitas cenas e planos me parecem ser mais alongados que o necessário, mesmo com o filme criando esse clima mais cotidiano.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
bu film bana o kadar çok şeyi sorgulattı ki... her zaman neşeli ve pozitif olmaya çalıştığım bir hayat yaşamaya çalışsam da öldükten sonra yalnızca bir anımı seçmem istenip sonsuza dek o andaki hislerimi hatırlamam gerekseydi herhalde hiçbir şey seçemezdim. kendime "şu anda ölseydin hatırlayacağın en mutlu anın ne olurdu?" diye sorduğumda aldığım cevap koca bir boşluk oldu. belki de tıpkı mochizuki gibi seneler sonra aklıma "ah, evet, bu anda çok mutlu ve huzurluydum" diyebileceğim bir şey ile karşılaşırdım. ayrıca bir başkasının bu seçeceği yegane anıda var olup olmayacağımı sorgularken hüzünle doldum.
I love the premise, the setting, and how it's all shot. I'm not sure I believe that the most focal characters met the concept's potential, though
Beautiful film. The concept is utterly brilliant and I absolutely loved the at times almost documentary like style of the first half. The second half went on for a little too long and kind of lost me at times because of that. Still it's an amazing film and worth watching for the concept alone.
I wonder how Hirokazu received this kind of idea from universe. Just thought about it only makes me overwhelming.
He was successfully translate it into a humble story and most off all a great picture.
It's painful but also therapeutic. Amazing.
"Im going to keep you inside of me, forever"
this was very therapeutic for me. it's been a long day I'm glad I could end it on a nice note. it's so simple but so profound. any other director would make it too whimsical or too serious. top5 directors. so beautiful!
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