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From the Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or winning director of Shoplifting!
One of the finest films of Japanese cinema, Hirokazu Kore-eda’s first feature film Maborosi is a story of love, loss, and ultimately, regeneration.
Haunted by the mysterious loss of her grandmother many years ago, a beautiful young mother (Yumiko, played by Makiko Esumi) struggles to come to terms with the sudden loss of her husband. Yumiko remarries and with her young son moves to her new husband’s home in a remote village on the wild, untamed Sea of Japan. There, she is haunted by the past, but with time and the natural wonders around her, she awakens to find love, understanding, and a sense of peace.
Perhaps the finest Japanese director working today, Kore-eda has gone on to create such masterpieces as After Life, Nobody Knows and Still Walking. His feature films reflect back on his beginnings in documentary with a regard to truth and an incredibly humane sense of his characters' strength and fallibilities.
Working with almost entirely natural lighting, Kore-eda's remarkable and elegant camerawork makes Maborosi one of the most striking visual works in cinema.
Read Kore-eda's recent interview about Maborosi here!
Commentary by Linda Ehrlich, independent film scholar and Associate Professor Emerita from Case Western Reserve University with special thanks to Yuki Togawa Gergotz.
Birthplace, a video documentary with actress Makiko Esumi.
New English subtitles by Linda Hoaglund with Judith Aley, and the assistance of Linda Ehrlich.
Also available in 35mm prints and DCP for theatrical and nontheatrical screenings. Contact Milestone for price and availability!
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