After the Storm (Umi yori mo mada fukaku) Reviews

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December 8, 2017
The hard part is that it takes work, which isn't quite a message we associate with movies but which remains, as with the rest of the film, true to life. The resulting work is beautiful, and strikingly human.
June 15, 2017
Quiet revelations and fleeting poetry - a lottery ticket, we're reminded, is a piece of a dream - pleasingly ensue.
June 13, 2017
As ever, the director has fashioned a lovely, appealing, lightly comic film that exists somewhere between late Ozu and early Spielberg.
June 4, 2017
Hirokazu Koreeda's bittersweet comedy about three generations of a Japanese family is a gentle delight.
June 2, 2017
The miracle of Abe's performance, and indeed of Koreeda's direction, is that, despite everything, you don't actually loathe Ryota as a character. You pity him.
June 2, 2017
This isn't a weepie but as you realise what's happening you may want to cry.
June 1, 2017
It's a clever, mazy film.
June 1, 2017
There is such intelligence and delicacy in Kore-eda's film-making, such wit and understated humanity.
June 1, 2017
A film you need to be in a receptive mood to get on with - objectively, it's about a pretty rotten character and his petty life - but with real emotional pay-off.
May 31, 2017
No one makes family melodramas quite like Japanese director Hirokazu Koreeda. His style is deceptively low key and matter of fact even as he deals with seismic moments in the lives of his protagonists.
May 31, 2017
Proof that the Japanese maestro deserves to be the metronome of all movie lovers' hearts.
May 30, 2017
No modern filmmaker has as sure a grasp on family dynamics as Hirokazu Kore-eda.
May 19, 2017
Kore-eda's very fine film is almost painfully honest in its even-handed depiction of this character, and never seeks to condemn him.
April 20, 2017
A quiet character study of a man in slow-motion crisis.
April 7, 2017
For a film filled with broken promises, dead dreams, conniving duplicity and desperation, "After the Storm" has a surprisingly light touch and odd charm.
April 6, 2017
The director keeps his characters and audience bobbing together over waters that grow deeper and deeper, until it's impossible to distinguish the everyday from the profound.
March 30, 2017
Solid yet subtly sphinxlike ...
March 29, 2017
"After the Storm" has what the Japanese call mono no aware, which translates as "the pathos of things." It is a film that is aware of the of the transient, impermanent nature of life.
March 29, 2017
Kore-eda aims for the sentimental, but not without acknowledging the real pain and wretchedness in the world -- especially when it's exhibited by those closest to us.
March 27, 2017
Kore-eda looks sensitively at the deep roots of unquenched anguish, but he constructs the characters too neatly and the situations too precisely for the drama to seem like anything but a well-meaning lesson.
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