Waga haha no ki (Chronicle of My Mother) (2011)
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The period atmosphere is inviting, and the film achieves a meditative quality that precious few modern films have.
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Koji Yakusho plays brilliantly the role of a successful big town middle-aged author who seems to have neglected his aged countryside parents. This movie plays like a rustic Hayao Miyazaki anime, in a good way, capturing the beauty of the country home, and quirkiness of each member of the family. The entire cast play their roles quite brilliantly, aside from the off-kilter Aoi Miyazaki as the youngest daughter. Nonetheless, this is a moving tale of choices, responsibilities, buried memories, and ultimately, familiar understanding. 2 movies made me shed tears this year, the french Intouchables in sheer laughter, and this one in heavy nostalgia. The nicely-done costumes and props transport the viewer unobtrusively back in time. But for me, 'twas the poetry that was timeless, and the father-daughter / mother-son hugs by the shore that are a defining moment of what, despite past undercurrents, family should be: accepting and cherished.
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