Our Little Sister (Umimachi Diary) Reviews

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September 15, 2016
Rarely has a film more eloquently captured the universality of human experience.
August 18, 2016
Under a less masterful hand, you'd be dying for a fistfight, a sex scene or a gunshot to shatter the calm. But Koreeda makes thrilling the rich inner lives of four young women trying to navigate rocky emotional terrain in the wake of their father's death.
August 11, 2016
It's a movie that, by its serene final scene, changes its viewer. You leave happier, honored to have been, for two hours, part of this family.
July 29, 2016
If you succumb to Koreeda's slow rhythms, the climbs up a hill to find a magnificent view, the walks along the beach, the simple peace of a shared meal, this is the kind of movie that will leave you feeling restored, maybe a little misty-eyed as well.
July 28, 2016
Koreeda allows the action to unfold gradually, and plum wine isn't the only food metaphor enriching his tale. Each meal seems like an invitation for the sisters to learn more about each other or to be reminded-for good or ill-of their parents.
July 28, 2016
"Sister" ... broods on the past, on how it defines the present and future, but as a film about remembering it is not especially memorable.
June 5, 2019
A lovely and lyrical film that deftly avoids emotional fireworks for something much more honest.
May 15, 2019
I thought it was so emotionally true and so moving.
April 4, 2019
A modern master delivers a masterpiece, and here's to the next one.
December 7, 2018
Without resorting to great conflicts or excessive drama, Kore-eda turned the successive culinary rituals of these four sisters into magical territories of encounter, love and understanding. [Full Review in Spanish]
December 7, 2018
These four sisters - and most of the characters that surround them - are charming, and the few conflicts that exist in the plot unfold without stridency. [Full review in Spanish]
December 5, 2018
Without reaching the heights of the filmography of the remarkable Japanese director, it is a beautiful, sensitive and enjoyable work. [Full Review in Spanish]
December 4, 2018
A poetic and pleasant film that works as a tender and sensible entry in Koreeda's universe. [Full Review in Spanish]
November 4, 2018
It really is filmmaking at the highest pitch of intelligence: a work teeming with skill both cinematographically and dramaturgically.
August 29, 2018
When its repressed emotions finally come to the surface, it's devastating.
August 22, 2018
Our Little Sister, a lovely example of vintage Kore-eda, explores tensions great and small that exist between different generations of a fractured family.
February 14, 2018
"Our Little Sister" has one foot in 20th-century Japan, another in a new world that seems to be forming. It's often engaging, but just as often awkward and misshapen.
November 3, 2017
Never shying away from the picturesque, the film depicts a vivid world that is crystal clear, gleaming, and suffused with life.
August 18, 2017
Like his other films, Our Little Sister never draws attention to itself (or to its maker's understated brilliance).
August 14, 2017
Our Little Sister has an unassuming wisdom beneath its winsome exterior. It's raw and heartbreaking and real, and that's commendable.
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