Departures In Departures , this year's Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film, a cellist with daddy issues named Daigo (Masahiro Motoki) loses his orchestral gig… Departures In Departures , this year's Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film, a cellist with daddy issues named Daigo (Masahiro Motoki) loses his orchestral gig… 2009-05-29 PG-13 PT127M Drama Ryoko Hirosue Masahiro Motoki Regent Entertainment
Movie Review

Departures (2009)

MPAA Rating: PG-13
Masahiro Motoki, Departures | UN-EMPLOYED ORCHESTRA: Masahiro Motoki and Takashi Sasano
UN-EMPLOYED ORCHESTRA: Masahiro Motoki and Takashi Sasano
EW's GRADE
B-

Details Limited Release: May 29, 2009; Rated: PG-13; Length: 127 Minutes; Genre: Drama; With: Ryoko Hirosue and Masahiro Motoki; Distributor: Regent Entertainment

In Departures, this year's Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film, a 
cellist with daddy issues named Daigo (Masahiro Motoki) loses his orchestral gig and lands a job preparing corpses for the ritual Japanese ceremony of encoffination. Like Sunshine Cleaning, this is a gentle comic tale of grisly 
employment opportunity in desperate times. Only Departures is tender and, at times, rather squishy. It's sure to squeeze the tear ducts of anyone who has lost a parent (hence that Oscar). But Motoki, a droll actor, gives Daigo's embrace of the ''normality'' of death 
a stubborn, touching dignity. B–

Originally posted May 27, 2009 Published in issue #1050 Jun 05, 2009 Order article reprints
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