A quiet and contemplative film, deeply meditative but also heartbreaking; it explores the deepest emotions of sorrow and grief, but there's never a crack, just the most silent sentiment, trying to accept change and death.
And the whole film is surrounded by green, a green hue of past and remembrance; forests saturated with absence and filled with darkness, rain, and memories, with a past that's hidden in a movie camera and deep into a tunnel of nostalgia. And within us, those memories shape in feelings of melancholy, unable to communicate, contemplating the green and the things that once were.
I need to watch this movie a second time to take it all in, it's just so quiet and subtle (in the best way of Ozu and Koreeda), but I really love what Naomi Kawase has done here.
2021 first time watches