It's always like that. I'm always a little too late.
This quote perfectly encapsulates this beautiful film. It might seem a little hopeless and wistful out of context and maybe it is within its context, but it never feels that way. Still Walking looks at unfulfilled dreams, expectations, and promises, how we adopt unwanted parts of other people before we even notice it — it doesn't sneer at these things for one second, rather it portrays them without judging eyes, making it somewhat comforting. As the film moves, so do the characters. We watch them (their flaws and their virtues) slowly unravel, revealing a different side to each them.
This is my first foray into Hirokazu Kore-eda's filmography and I must say, I'm very impressed. This film, seemingly simple on the surface, packs a lot of sophistication and style. Looking forward to watching more of his films.