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After Life (1998)After Life (1998)

After Life (1998)

A quiet and meditative fable that finds comfort in the simplest experiences

Drama, Fantasy

7.8

movie

Japan

Japanese

Lovely, Original, Slice-of-Life

1998

Hirokazu Kore-eda

Akio Yokoyama, Arata Iura, Erika Oda

118 min

Synopsis

On a cold Monday morning, a group of counselors clock in at an old-fashioned social services office. Their task is to interview the recently deceased, record their personal details, then, over the course of the week, assist them in choosing a single memory to keep for eternity.

Our Take

7.8
The Staff

While it would be easy to make comparisons to The Good Place and other shows and films dealing with the afterlife, Hirokazu Kore-eda’s film is devoted to a single thing: commemorating the ordinary moments that make our life precious. Through little more than workplace banter and documentary-style interviews (with an ensemble delivering uncannily naturalistic performances), After Life reminds us how beautiful the mundane can be and how important it is for us to be present for each other in the everyday. And as the fim’s characters prepare to create reenactments of each person’s most precious memory, Kore-eda also defines filmmaking itself as an act of comfort and empathy. No existential crises here; an overwhelming sense of peace floods After Life, making it all the more memorable.

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