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After Life

Hirokazu Kore-eda

"Thought provoking, intelligent, and very moving..."

The plot of After Life, Kore-eda’s second film, sounds almost high-concept. The film is set in a kind of limbo, where the recently deceased are processed by a group of kindly bureaucrats. But don’t expect this to be anything like Heaven Can Wait or The Good Place; Kore-eda’s afterlife is typically modest. 

The film was shot in a disused school and the people who both work there and pass through it are as ordinary as can be. Thought provoking, intelligent, and very moving, this hymn to life’s simple pleasures is one of the great films of the 20th century.