Beyond a Reasonable Doubt

Still Walking

Genre: Foreign Language; Director: Kore-eda Hirokazu; Author: Kore-eda Hirokazu; Runtime (in minutes): 114; MPAA Rating: Unrated

A very quiet drama of family turmoil directed by Hirokazu Koreeda (After Life). In Still Walking, Ryoto (Hiroshi Abe), an out-of-work art restorer who thinks of himself as a failure, pays a visit to his disapproving father and even more henpeckish mother on the 15th anniversary of their eldest son’s death. Koreeda is working in the quotidian, enormous-changes-at-the-last-minute spirit of Tokyo Story and Junebug, and though he has made a film of droll and dry observational precision, its emotional minimalism is almost fetishistic — and, by the end, a tad frustrating. B?

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Originally posted September 15 2009 — 12:00 AM EDT

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