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  • Summary: On the subtropical Japanese island of Amami-Oshima, traditions about nature remain eternal. During the full-moon night of traditional dances in August, 16-year-old Kaito discovers a dead body floating in the sea. His girlfriend Kyoko will attempt to help him understand this mysterious discovery. Together, Kaito and Kyoko will learn to become adults by experiencing the interwoven cycles of life, death and love. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Reviewed by: Nikola Grozdanovic
    May 25, 2014
    Still The Water is at its enchanting best when depicting the mysteries of death and the conflicts of trying to come to terms with it.
  2. Reviewed by: John Bleasdale
    May 25, 2014
    A fluid, dreamlike tone poem of mothers and fathers, death and continuance.
  3. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    May 25, 2014
    Kawase's film is sometimes beautiful and moving but I couldn't help occasionally finding it a little contrived and self-conscious.
  4. Reviewed by: Clarence Tsui
    May 25, 2014
    While the director prides herself for having a mix of pro and amateur actors improvising scenes, many awkward moments emerge as the characters seemingly are just instructed to let their conversations and interactions flow: the result is missed beats, protracted silences and characters staring at each other or into space for too long.
  5. Reviewed by: Maggie Lee
    May 25, 2014
    Kawase embraces nature worship and pompous philosophizing in her indulgently mannerist style, which, over the course of two hours, overwhelms a small yet potentially moving story of two teenagers dealing with separation within their families.