Aruitemo Aruitemo (Still Walking) (2008)
Critic Consensus: Hirokazu Kore-eda's film may seem modest at first, but this family drama casts a delicate, entrancing spell.
Director Hirokazu Kore-eda writes and directs this family drama that unfolds over the course of a single summer day as the Yokoyama family gathers for a rare reunion held to commemorate the death of the one who was taken before his time. It was 15 years ago that eldest Yokoyama son, Junpei, drowned in a tragic accident, and the only changes around the family home since that fateful day are so subtle that they're not likely to be noticed by anyone outside of the immediate family. Retired family patriarch Kyohei (Yoshio Harada) used to run a successful medical clinic out of the home, though the lights in his medical examining room haven't even been turned on in years. The tiles in the kitchen where energetic Toshiko (Kirin Kiki) cooks family meals are slowly coming loose, and as youngest son Ryota (Hiroshi Abe) arrives home, he does his best to hide the fact that he's currently unemployed. His older sister, Chinami (You), has also arrived with her family, and does her best to entertain everyone despite the undeniable cloud of melancholy hanging over the home. As the festive gathering commences and Toshiko lays out a lavish meal, it gradually becomes obvious that resentment and sorrow bonds this family as powerfully as love. … More
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Critic Reviews for Aruitemo Aruitemo (Still Walking)
Koreeda's almost sage-like understanding of what makes modern families tick places him and this wonderful film in the league of Japan's grand master, Ozu, and you can't ask for higher praise than that.
There's a natural flow of small hatreds, resentments, joys, and insecurities, superbly caught by every member of the cast
Though Kore-eda is no Ozu, like who is, he proves that he can make the same kind of impactful domestic pic.
Still Walking is so uncommonly and beautifully perceptive about how families interact that it feels as natural as putting one foot in front of the next.
Taking place over little more than a day in the life of a family, Kore-eda's film locates the profound in the mundane. [Blu-ray]
Audience Reviews for Aruitemo Aruitemo (Still Walking)
Richly layered family drama that's poignant and wonderfully human. Even the animosity and strife is infused with warmth. Kore-Eda knocked this one out of the park.
Still Walking is a subtly beautiful film-making that revels in its simplicity in presenting complex honest emotions. Fine visual artistry. Gently tense that delivers a calm delight.
A beautiful poetic movie from director of Nobody Knows.The ending was the main point of movie,which gave us a deep feeling.It tried to bring up questions such as why we should make life intolerable and instead of loving each other grieve for the ones we have lost.While we know that life is short and soon we are going to die.I should admit the movie was a bit boring and required more material.We feel emotionally affected but at the same time we arent sure if it is a big deal.
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