Contemporary Japan • 1h 49m
Hirokazu Koreeda • Japan • 1995 • Koreeda's directorial debut
Yumiko is a young mother, and now a widow. Following her husband’s suicide, she remarries and moves with her infant son to a remote village on the Sea of Japan. Once there, she remains haunted by her life’s many tragedies. As time moves, like the ocean current, Yumiko’s wounds begin to heal—she rediscovers love, understanding, and a sense of peace.
Tranquil, melancholy, and elegantly steeped in natural light, Maborosi is one of the finest pieces of Japanese cinema ever made. The feature debut from Hirokazu Koreeda (Shoplifters) premiered at the Venice International Film Festival, where it won Best Cinematography, and Chicago, where it won Best Film.
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