After the Storm

Join us at the Underground Cinema by WVIFF for May’s feature film: After the Storm

About the Film:

After the Storm (海よりもまだ深く Umi yori mo Mada Fukaku) is a 2016 Japanese family drama film written and directed by Hirokazu Koreeda. The theme of the film, according to one critic, is that “you can’t always have the life you want, or be who you want to be”.

Synopsis:

Dwelling on his past glory as a prize-winning author, Ryota (Hiroshi Abe) wastes the money he makes as a private detective on gambling and can barely pay child support. After the death of his father, his aging mother (Kirin Kiki) and beautiful ex-wife (Yoko Make) seem to be moving on with their lives. Renewing contact with his initially distrusting family, Ryota struggles to take back control of his existence and to find a lasting place in the life of his young son (Taiyo Yoshizawa) – until a stormy summer night offers them a chance to truly bond again.

Slow-paced, sad, rueful and sometimes warmly funny, After the Storm is one of the director Hirokazu Kore-eda’s sturdiest, and most sensitive, constructions. Full review
Glenn Kenny
The NYTimes
His latest film, though, has a special warmth and grace. It unfolds slowly, sneaks up on big questions about intertwined mysteries of family and personal destiny, and pretty much answers them. Full review
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
Physical awkwardness functions as a kind of visual metaphor for the character, a divorced father who once wrote a prizewinning novel, but who now works as private detective. Full review
Michael O’Sullivan
Washington Post
I walked out of After the Storm wanting to be a better person — and further convinced that Hirokazu Kore-eda isn’t just one of the world’s best filmmakers, but one of its most indispensable artists. Read full review
Bilge Ebiri
Village Voice

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