DVD: Still Walking (PG)
Friday 21 May 2010
From childhood recollections of sweetcorn tempura or the opening discussion of the relative merits of carrots and radishes, it's the "kitchen" in "kitchen-sink drama" that seems to appeal to director Koreeda in this sensitive character study in Japanese bereavement.
Depicting a family reunion plagued by the memory of a drowned son, domestic tensions are played out against a background of muted colours and an immaculate set. Among a delicate choice of shots, of blossom caught in outstretched hands, for example, there are some subtle allusions – notably the closing scene's visual hat-tip to Tokyo Story. It's a powerful cinematic reminder that wherever you are in the world, the dynamics of the modern family largely remain the same as they ever were.
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