Maborosi

  • 1995
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

A beautifully resonant and deeply felt meditation on grief, the legacy of suicide and the inexplicable allure of death, from young Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda. Haunted by her grandmother's death years before, Yumiko (Makiko Esumi) is totally unprepared for the suicide of her seemingly happy husband Ikuo (Tadanobu Asano), who, one afternoon, without...read more

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A beautifully resonant and deeply felt meditation on grief, the legacy of suicide and the inexplicable allure of death, from young Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda. Haunted by her grandmother's death years before, Yumiko (Makiko Esumi) is totally unprepared for the

suicide of her seemingly happy husband Ikuo (Tadanobu Asano), who, one afternoon, without any apparent reason, steps in front of an oncoming train. Yumiko eventually remarries, but the unanswered questions remain: Why would anyone embrace his or her own death? And what becomes of those they leave

behind? Kore-eda first gained attention as a documentarian, and it's this background -- as well as a clear debt to such transcendental filmmakers of the past as Yasujiro Ozu and Robert Bresson -- that informs his approach to the deeply introspective material. Using minimal dialogue and even less

action, Kore-eda manages to plumb the depths of Yumiko's bewildered grief simply by letting time elapse: His camera rarely moves, and the exquisitely composed long shots are often held until one can actually sense moods lift and the seasons change. Not a flashy film or an easy one, but a genuinely

moving experience.

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  • Released: 1995
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: A beautifully resonant and deeply felt meditation on grief, the legacy of suicide and the inexplicable allure of death, from young Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda. Haunted by her grandmother's death years before, Yumiko (Makiko Esumi) is totally unprep… (more)

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