After the Storm (Umi yori mo mada fukaku)

After the Storm (Umi yori mo mada fukaku)


After the death of his father, a private detective with a punishing gambling habit attempts to reconnect with his mother, ex-wife and, most crucially, his young son in this Japanese drama from the director of the sublime Our Little Sister... More

Ryoto (Abe Hiroshi) used to be a novelist, but now he's a private detective scraping together the cash to fund his gambling habit, never mind child support. Stranded at his family home during a storm, Ryoto attempts to make amends with his ex-wife and son in this bittersweet tale that screened in the Un Certain Regard programme at Cannes Film Festival 2016.Hide

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Whether he’s following a father trying to connect with his parents years after losing his brother (Still Walking) or a child looking to make sense of his mother and father’s recent divorce (I Wish), you can’t deny Kore-eda Hirokazu’s skill at unpicking family mechanics. But the warmth he usually brings to his films evaporates a bit with After the Storm, which follows a divorced father with a bad gambling and a toxic cling to his glory days as a proven author. The film mines a good about of subtle comedy from how much of a loser he is (the great Kirin Kiki gets the most digs as his hard-case mother), but he’s not an easy person to sympathise over.

[Mini-Review From The 2016 NZIFF]

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  • The filmmaking is so exquisite and the acting so calibrated it sticks with you. Full Review

  • Such is the finesse of Kore-eda's script that it builds to neither the vehement confrontation nor the comforting reconciliation that melodrama decrees. Full Review

  • Even long-standing fans of the Japanese filmmaker might be taken aback by the supreme subtlety of his latest, achingly beautiful ode to the quiet complexities of family life. Full Review

  • ...touching, subtle,deftly and minutely observed... Full Review

  • Kore-eda looks sensitively at the deep roots of unquenched anguish, but he constructs the characters too neatly and the situations too precisely for the drama to seem like anything but a well-meaning lesson. Full Review

  • Filmed and assembled with such wit, economy and precision that nothing in the film is allowed to detract from the absolute perfection of the writing and the performances. Full Review

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