Our Little Sister (Umimachi Diary) Reviews

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.
July 22, 2016
It's subdued, at times even too leisurely, but the film and its characters are luminous, especially lead Ayase Haruka.
July 21, 2016
Audiences softened by Hollywood cynicism are bound to be confounded by filmmaker Hirokazu Koreeda's (After Life, Like Father, Like Son) gentle, upbeat tone.
July 21, 2016
With a delicate palette and soft tones, the craftsmanship on display is impeccable, but the pulse-free drama - think crying over spilled milk - makes for muted impact.
July 14, 2016
Our Little Sister often feels Chekhovian, a movie attuned to the passage of time and the changing of seasons. As I watched it, though, I also thought, in a general way, of Thornton Wilder, [whose plays] are suffused with love and kindness.