This Norwegian road trip follows the journey of a man, following his recovery from a nervous breakdown, trying to reconnect with his son in the remote north. The voyage is filled with physical and emotional challenges, as he connects briefly with other lost souls on the way. The expansive winter countryside provides a breathtaking backdrop - and more - to this spiritual trek. While the odd characters are perhaps not as wild as those in similar films, the story of this personal journey is very compelling.
I find myself agreeing with many other reviewers. While visually impressive, this film is held back by a mediocre screenplay. I enjoyed it best when the characters weren't speaking! Most of the jokes fell flat, although there were some clever references to B and horror movies. The story was occasionally preachy and obvious. I even thought there would be more gross out humor.
But one has to admire the craftsmanship and beautiful design. There were some striking moments, with the climactic scene as Norman confronts the witch a real tour de force. Worth seeing if you are a fan of animation.
Sweet and delightful slice of life from Koreeda-san. Young Goichi is having difficulty adjusting to a divided family after his parents split. Will the new bullet train that's coming to town provide the miracle that will reunite everyone? This film does a remarkable job of capturing the world from a child's perspective. For Japanophiles, the portraits of daily life will reward the viewer.