The Departure (2017)


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A profile of Japanese priest Ittetsu Nemoto, a counselor for suicidal patients, as he approaches middle age and faces the possibility of his own mortality. Lana Wilson directed this intimate documentary.

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A film that explores life's toughest and most transcendent moments with tenderness, honesty and care.

Nov 2, 2017 | Full Review…

This is a film that manages to be simple yet thought-provoking, sad yet comforting, and anguished yet tranquil. In short, a work of art.

Nov 2, 2017 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Lana Wilson's documentary portrait of [Buddhist priest] Nemoto triumphs as a story but stumbles as a movie.

Oct 26, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Unfailingly sensitive about issues of selflessness and suffering, "The Departure" is in a way its own work of meditation, on the pressures of living up to the turbulent promise of life's expected length.

Oct 19, 2017 | Full Review…

In its poetic portrait of a man whose quest to help others has cost him dearly both emotionally and physically, The Departure proves quietly profound.

Oct 13, 2017 | Full Review…

Like a haiku, "The Departure" weighs its words carefully. But silences, too, play a vital role here.

Oct 12, 2017 | Full Review…

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