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    om namay padmay om

    [ Tuesday, March 18, 2014 ]

    Departures

    It was very goodIt was very goodIt was very goodIt was very goodIt was very good

    No...I haven’t given up yet.  I just want to say you’ve got to see this movie, Departures. 

    It’s a softly quiet movie and really very wonderful. Departures has an official website link via Wikipedia here, but it might be a facial lotion site.  Instead, go to the Asian Wiki website for a nice synopsis.

    Departures follows an unemployed cellist named Daigo who moves with his wife back to his hometown to look for work and start over. He answers a classified ad entitled “Departures” thinking it is an advertisement for a travel agency only to discover that the job is actually for a “Nokanshi or encoffineer, a funeral professional who prepares deceased bodies for burial and entry into the next life.” It’s amusing to watch him as he learns the trade. He finds that he is employed in an “untouchable” sort of occupation and faces the consequences of that pressure. Daigo learns to take a certain pride in his work and begins to perfect the art of “Nokanshi,” acting as a gentle gatekeeper between life and death, between the departed and the family of the departed. There is a lovely symmetry between his practice of Nokanshi and his cello that runs throughout the film.  It’s very moving. 

    It’s also in Japanese with English subtitles and has very beautiful cello music throughout.  The only complaint I had was Mika’s sometimes over-gooey eye making...I have the feeling that she sits before her mirror and practices her doe-eyeing...but sometimes she pulled it off so I was able to live with it. Otherwise the story is simple and the film is very pretty. I watched it via Netflix in three installments which surprisingly didn’t harm it’s impact on me...it stayed with me well enough to endure the 2 weeks it took to complete the viewing.

    It won the 81st Academy Awards: Best Foreign Language Film which is a big deal considering how many foreign language films get made each year and get all bunched into that one single category to compete against each other.

    Oh...there is one other complaint I have...no soundtrack seems to be available. grrrr

    Departures

    Posted by karan on 03/18 at 01:06 PM
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