Mogari no Mori (The Mourning Forest) (The Forest of Mogari) (2007)
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Two people dealing with loss come together in this drama from Japanese filmmaker Naomi Kawase. Machiko (Machiko Ono) is a woman who is still recovering emotionally from the death of her young son when she takes a job at a nursing home, where she helps care for the elderly and ailing residents. One of Machiko's charges is Shigeki (Shigeki Uda), a kind but frustrating man who is slipping into senility. Machiko reminds Shigeki of his late wife, while she similarly develops a filial fondness for
May 26, 2007 Wide
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A film marked by lovely moments but which falls short of the lyrical heights to which it aspires.
Yarn about a young carer who follows an elderly patient into the forest, strives for the mythic, but ambition is undercut by its conveniently underarticulated affectations.
Ultimately, The Mourning Forest is not so much flawed as it is unable to create a very powerful impression.
Beautifully photographed, but Uda steals the show as Shigeki.
A sad, poetic feature about grief and loss, Naomi's uneven film requires a certain patience and understanding.
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