Still Walking (2008) dir. Hirokazu Kore-eda
"Still Walking" strikes an extraordinary balance between the moment-to-moment pleasure of life and the inevitable regret that accompanies time’s passing. It’s a fresh, lovely, humorous family drama in which little happens but much is revealed.
Director Hirokazu Koreeda negotiates the heavy themes with a light touch. He has immense pictorial gifts, composing deep-focus frames that bustle with activity or sit intimately quiet. He holds on faces long enough for us to register which characters have trouble looking at each other. The camera moves seldomly, and with little fanfare. In his offhand way he seems to say, “Look how easy it is to understand people — all it takes is close observation of daily life.” You could complain that the pacing is monotonous, but you feel you’re eavesdropping on the quiet joys and sadness of real life.
This will stay with you for a long time.
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