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  • Summary: Fifteen years ago, Junpei, the youngest son of the Yokoyama family died while rescuing a boy from drowning. On the anniversary of his death, the remaining siblings visit the quaint home of their parents with their families in tow. Over the course of a beautiful day, new relatives becomeFifteen years ago, Junpei, the youngest son of the Yokoyama family died while rescuing a boy from drowning. On the anniversary of his death, the remaining siblings visit the quaint home of their parents with their families in tow. Over the course of a beautiful day, new relatives become acquainted telling stories and squabbling over sizzling tempura and an elegant graveside ritual is performed for Junpei. (IFC Films) Expand
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  1. Positive: 21 out of 21
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 21
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  1. 100
    This small gem of a movie always feels true and real as it gently reveals the quiet moments that define our lives.
  2. The director has said that, though the story was inspired by the deaths of his parents, he hoped to make a film "brimming with life." He's succeeded.
  3. 100
    Painful family issues are more likely to stay beneath the surface, known to everyone but not spoken of. Still Walking, a magnificent new film from Japan, is very wise about that, and very true.
  4. Koreeda was inspired by his guilt over having neglected his own parents, and the story is remarkable for the quiet, seemingly casual way he depicts the fallout of bitterness and grief.
  5. A miniaturist's masterpiece, the ebb and flow of familial love distilled to its essence.
  6. Reviewed by: Maggie Lee
    80
    Kore-eda listens to his characters' inner thoughts with the attentiveness of a piano tuner, and reveals them with the lightest inferences.
  7. A film of droll and dry observational precision, its emotional minimalism is almost fetishistic -- and, by the end, a tad frustrating.

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  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
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  1. nickj.
    Sep 11, 2009
    10
    This is the most affecting and beautiful film of 2009. At the hear of the story is a tale of a family torn apart, and all the opportunities This is the most affecting and beautiful film of 2009. At the hear of the story is a tale of a family torn apart, and all the opportunities they lost. Beautiful, sad, and haunting cinema. Expand
  2. skip
    Sep 7, 2009
    10
    First time commenting but had to chime in on this gem of a film. Absolutely beautiful little family drama...completely unforced and authentic First time commenting but had to chime in on this gem of a film. Absolutely beautiful little family drama...completely unforced and authentic relationships and gorgeous filmmaking all around. Can't recommend highly enough! Expand
  3. Jun 18, 2012
    9
    A pleasantly heart-warming film expresses Growth, Change, Sacrifice, Forgiveness, and The Road we all have to travel as we get older.A pleasantly heart-warming film expresses Growth, Change, Sacrifice, Forgiveness, and The Road we all have to travel as we get older. Promoting a true sense of the importance of family. A perfect family movie for everyone. Collapse

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