Shigeki lives in a retirement home. He is looked after by a friendly caregiver, Machiko. They don’t know that they share a painful secret: the loss of a dear one. After an accident during a drive in the country, they end up embarking on an exhausting and enlightening two-day journey in the forest.
From the luminous Japanese director Naomi Kawase comes this gentle yet wholly absorbing look at the passage through grief and the bonds that unite us. The natural world, human emotions: both are portrayed with a deceptively low-key approach that lets them shimmer with intensity.
Andrey Zvyagintsev, 2003, Russia
Takeshi Kitano, 1996, Japan
Jia Zhangke, 1998, China
Mike Leigh, 2008, United Kingdom
Johnnie To, 2008, Hong Kong
Götz Spielmann, 2008, Austria
Aditya Assarat, 2007, Thailand
Wong Kar Wai, 2004, Hong Kong
Vincent Paronnaud,Marjane Satrapi, 2007, France
Michael Haneke, 2001, Austria