Maborosi ★★★★★

There is no vanity in this film. It's all bare naked emotion and gorgeous photography. The whole thing is more like a painting than a narrative film. The camera hardly moves. People don't say much and plot isn't really part of the equation. Despair and inconsolable suffering are clearly shown. Koreeda's passion is exploring light and color and composition, and in exploring the themes of loss, death, and the nature of the soul. Yes, that's a polite way of saying some people will find the film boring. For those who like this kind of thing, and you know who you are, this is one of the good ones.