The Mourning Forest (Mogari no mori)

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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


Yoichiro Saito
as Machiko's Husband
Kanako Masuda
as Shigeki's Wife
Machiko Ono
as Machiko
Shigeki Uda
as Shigeki

Critic Reviews for The Mourning Forest (Mogari no mori)

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Audience Reviews for The Mourning Forest (Mogari no mori)

  • Jan 11, 2018
    The catharsis is executed right in the ending. Kawase uses in a most intelligent way mental limitations/disorders as a psychological distractor, but the troubles that invade the human heart are universal. Beneath the surface, both characters suffer very similarly. Absorbing cinematography and among the five best movies of 2007. 97/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer
  • Jan 06, 2017
    Kawase is clearly trying to make a sensorial film in which little is said and we are supposed to feel in our hearts the pain that troubles the characters, but she ends up with something insufferably dull, empty and pretentious that wants to appear a lot more profound than it is.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer

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