After the Storm (Umi yori mo mada fukaku) Reviews

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May 2, 2019
The performances of After the Storm are indeed exceptional across the board, including pitch-perfect leading man Abe, as well as Maki, who distinguishes her bitter divorcée role with a crusty, steely impatience.
May 1, 2019
This is the latest work of acclaimed director Hirokazu Kore-eda, whose filmic signature is the subtle and small-scale character study in the tradition of the late Japanese film auteur Yasujiro Ozu.
April 3, 2019
Japanese auteur Hirokazu Koreeda strikes gold yet again with this superlative and poetic portrait of another fractured family unit.
March 21, 2019
Kore-eda directs in a manner that emphasizes performance over visual style, and the action seems set to the same casual rhythms as real life. But most importantly, he has empathy for his characters.
February 8, 2019
After the Storm, Kore-eda's latest, is his most accomplished work yet, possessing the sort of weary-eyed clarity into the fears and anxieties that plague dreamers who have failed to blossom from the promise of their youth.
November 10, 2018
[Kore-eda] knows how to give you a tonic for your soul when you most need it ... with scenes that are akin to granules of grace being fed piece by piece.
November 3, 2018
It's arguably one of Koreeda's more schematic works, but this feels permissible when he's offering such an eloquent, almost literary, glance over his characters.
August 8, 2018
It feels strangely trivial.
June 5, 2018
Here there is no doubt characters have changed, but externally their behavior seems all but the same. The development is incremental and internalized.
June 5, 2018
[Director Kore-eda Hirokazu's] work is no mere nostalgia act...
June 5, 2018
A most satisfying sweet domestic comedy.
December 29, 2017
As the storm winds down and dawn approaches, you deeply care - because you can't predict, and neither can they - whether these family members will learn to grow up, let go and move on.
December 19, 2017
After the Storm brilliantly deconstructs this self-destructive cycle over time. It patiently strips away male delusions of grandeur and focuses intensely on the responsibility of being mindful.
December 19, 2017
All of these build up to being more than the sum of its parts. For anyone, being compared to Ozu is daunting, but Kore-eda needn't be ashamed, not with efforts like "After the Storm."
December 19, 2017
It's a quiet piece, but resonant in its humanity and hope.
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.
November 25, 2017
Kore-eda is a master of the billowing family drama, and After the Storm is another portrait of fracture and recovery that will break your heart.
November 16, 2017
"...one of those movies where you wish a supporting character had been the focus."
November 10, 2017
After the Storm gathers a cumulative force that's easy to discount, but its melancholy effects, like those that define Kore-eda's most substantial recent efforts, are potent enough to linger in the mind.
August 22, 2017
Instead of reaching out and dragging us into his films, [Hirokazu] Koreeda allows us enough space to approach situations that resist melodramatic overstatement. Slowly and deftly, he entangles us in the lives of his characters.
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