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 him. For his birthday, Machiko takes Shigeki for a drive in the country, but her car breaks down and she has to go for help. When Machiko returns a few minutes later, she discovers Shigeki has run off into the nearby woods, and she has to go in and look for him. While Machiko does eventually find Shigeki, she still has a car that won't start and it's too dark to walk back to town; while Machiko tries to get Shigeki to settle down for the night, he keeps insisting on hiking deeper into the woods, looking for something he's incapable of explaining to others. Mogari no Mori (aka The Mourning Forest) received its European debut at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
Art House & International , Drama
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Shigeki Uda
as Shigeki
Machiko Ono
as Machiko
Kanako Masuda
as Shigeki's Wife
Yoichiro Saito
as Machiko's Husband

Critic Reviews for Mogari no Mori (The Mourning Forest) (The Forest of Mogari)

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (2)

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Full Review… | September 5, 2007
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

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June 8, 2007
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

A film marked by lovely moments but which falls short of the lyrical heights to which it aspires.

Full Review… | May 31, 2007
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 28, 2007
Top Critic

Ultimately, The Mourning Forest is not so much flawed as it is unable to create a very powerful impression.

Full Review… | January 10, 2008

Beautifully photographed, but Uda steals the show as Shigeki.

September 13, 2007
Planet Sick-Boy

Audience Reviews for Mogari no Mori (The Mourning Forest) (The Forest of Mogari)

it's beautiful cinematography and country side of japan view and scene. it's very a strong piece but i felt the movie was little too long. i'm not sure that i like this film or not.. if i could see it again maybe i became more like it but i don't fell like i want to see it again soon.

Shizuka Hayashi
Shizuka Hayashi

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