Suzaku (1997) | 86 minutes (Drama)
Director : Naomi Kawase 🇯🇵
Naomi Kawase's 35mm debut film Suzaku is a detached meditation on death, loss and grieving family.
While the theme is pretty bleak, Kawase never goes overboard or melodramatic. She uses static long takes and silences more than dialogues and action to convey what she has to.
Kawase having rich background in documentaries has primarily casted non actors shot in natural light to give the film a realistic touch, and IMO it has enhanced the film as the film looks documented and organic instead of filmy and staged.
What I truly love about this film is that movies with themes like grief and loss can be very heavy watch or indulgent, but this one felt more more like a shoulder to lean on, like a warm gentle hug before parting .