The Mourning Forest (Mogari no mori) (2007)
Critic Reviews for The Mourning Forest (Mogari no mori)
A film marked by lovely moments but which falls short of the lyrical heights to which it aspires.
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.
The film is quiet, even gentle in its pacing, but has a great deal to say.
Ultimately, The Mourning Forest is not so much flawed as it is unable to create a very powerful impression.
Beautifully photographed, but Uda steals the show as Shigeki.
Audience Reviews for The Mourning Forest (Mogari no mori)
Kawase is 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 creating something terribly dull and empty that wants to look a lot more profound than it is.
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