Okuribito (Departures)

Okuribito /Departures/ (2008)
Japan – 130 min – drama
directed by Yōjirō Takita
written by Kundô Koyama

Ever wondered what happens to your body when you pass away?
Is there anyone to take care of it? To gently prepare your envelope for the next stage of the circle of life?

Answers to these burning questions have been included in a brilliant Japanese drama film.
The movie lets us look into mysterious, nearly enchanted world of morticians (jap. nōkansha). The performance of the ceremony resembles art. Considerate gestures, precisely following the astonishing scheme to make the deceased look beautiful, even, erm, alive – and it all in silence, with true respect, and… the family watching!

Although the issue may seem uneasy, to say the least, you’re not going to be disgusted or scared.
Instead, you’ll experience a story of love and learn to enjoy life as it is, perhaps cry a little or make a change.

This engaging masterpiece is truly worth the Academy Award for the Best Foreign Language Film it was given in 2009.

My rate: 9/10


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