Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Hirokazu Kore-eda, "Still Walking"

Kore-eda's 2008 film evokes Yasujiro Ozu like no other film I have seen. Roger Ebert also sees this connection. I don't have time to post a proper review, but if you're a fan of subtle family drama, drop everything and see this film. The basic plot surrounds a family commemorating the death of one of its sons. The vibe is positively totalitarian in spots - the banality of the cooking rituals, pleasantries exchanged, etc, come together as a cage in which the characters are forever trapped and spinning. Beautiful filmmaking, excellent dialogue and terrifying realism.

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