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Still Walking

Hirokazu Kore-eda

Still Walking follows the Yokoyamas, a middle-class family who reunite once a year to commemorate the death of the eldest son who accidentally drowned over a decade earlier.

In the hands of another filmmaker this could have easily become sentimental, but Still Walking is a film of rare emotional subtlety. It is not that the characters fail to express their feelings, they do, in often withering ways; but their emotions are never straightforward. Kore-eda understands that you can hate your relatives, even if you also love them; yet he refuses to judge his characters. This is a film about Japanese family life that ranks alongside Tokyo Story, and there is no higher compliment.