This is the 4th film by Hirokazu Koreeda I've seen and I've liked them all. The other three are After Life, Nobody Knows, and Still Walking. This film as the NY Times review states is "delicate and observant." Yup. Heartbreaking at times as well.
This film is about two brothers who are living in a different towns from each other because their parents have separated. The one living with his mom is more of a deep thinker. The one with the dad is more of a go with the flow kind of kid.
Most of the scenes are just with the kids with their respective friends and how each is dealing with the separation. There is a subplot involving the hope that a bullet train passing another bullet train at top speed will bring a miracle of their parents getting back together. I was kind of hoping it would happen but this film unlike After Life is based in reality. Instead, we are left to watch two boys have to make sense of their new reality and figure out a way to make the best of it.
Directed by Hirokazu Koreeda
2011, Year of U.S. Release: 2012
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