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Maborosi (1995)

Sudden death afflicts Yumiko as she suddenly struggles to cope with her everyday life

Drama

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THE VERY BEST

8.8

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Japan
Japanese
Character-driven, Depressing, Emotional
1995
Hirokazu Kore-eda
Akira Emoto, Hidekazu Akai, Makiko Esumi
110 min

Synopsis

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A tragedy strikes a young woman's life without warning or reason. She continues living while searching for meaning in a lonely world.

Our Take

8.8
Anas Itani

Director Hirokazu Kore-eda’s feature debut is nothing short of a masterpiece, his style of serenity apparent from the get-go. With Kore-eda’s still frames and touching, relatable stories, it’s almost impossible not to find yourself caring for his characters like they are your own family. 

In Maborosi, Yumiko (Makiko Esumi) is haunted by one loss after another and struggles to accept these tragedies and move on with her life. Her story is probably the toughest Kore-eda has had to tell, yet there is still a certain beauty to it, especially in its quietness and moody atmosphere. Not forcing any of his characters’ feelings on the audience, Kore-eda manages to tell a harrowing tale in the gentlest of ways.

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