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Japan, 2012 (MIFF 2013, Next Gen)

Director: Ryota Nakano

"A road movie/coming-of-ager that's so wondrously quirky and simpatico with its subjects, it'll hold audiences' hearts captive long after its magical end." – Variety

In the pretty town of Numazu, two young sisters discover their estranged father is dying and are sent by their still-bitter mother to be by his side. When he passes away while they are en route, the girls are left to attend the awkward funeral of the man they don't know, deal with his relatives and come to terms with their own abandonment issues.

Filled with touching moments of poignancy and surprising black humour, this cheerful tale delivers a sophisticated look at family dynamics, exploring the relationships between sisters, mothers and daughters while sidestepping obvious sentimentality.

"A life-affirming film whose subject is death." – Screen Daily

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MIFF recommends age 13+

All films featured as part of the Next Gen program are approved for screening by the Office of Film and Literature Classification. No person under the age of 15 years shall be admitted to Next Gen screenings unless in the company of an adult guardian. 

D/S Ryota Nakano P Noriyasu Hirakata WS Fortissimo Films L Japanese w/English subtitles TD HDcam/2012

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