Wand‚furu raifu Between death and eternity, there is a one week stopover. Here, assisted by counselors who have passed on themselves, you may choose one memory from your life to carry with you. If you had to choose, what would that memory be? A beautiful examination of what memories mean, what they can stand for, and why they might be good candidates for a "best" memory. Particularly good are the performances by Arata, and Erika Oda, two people who become counselors because they cannot choose a single memory. What is your own earliest memory from childhood? Is it a memory because you truly do remember it, because you've seen pictures of the moment, or because someone has told you about it? I love the scene where Oda tries the bathtub submersion technique in order to recall memories from the womb. By the way, you surely do not need to be fluent in Japanese to understand what the original title means: Wonderful Life. I wonder why the English version is not called that? The fine parallels with It's a Wonderful Life are not hard to find, and the tribute to the Frank Capra classic is heartfelt.