Futatsume no mado (Still the Water) 2014 Ages 15+

1.00PM Sun 10 Mar 2019 (2hrs 1min)
GOMA | Cinema A | Free

SYNOPSIS

‘There's a Zen calm and a healing gentleness to Naomi Kawase's Cannes competition film Futatsume No Mado, or Still the Water, set on the Japanese island of Amami, south of the mainland.

Like Kawase's other films, it displays a mystic spirituality and, as in her The Mourning Forest 2007, a profound belief in the therapeutic and redemptive power of nature to soothe our worldly pain. As one character says: "You have to keep a humble attitude to nature; it's pointless to resist it." In the unending unity of nature, we can gain a perspective on the limited nature of our individual bodies.

Kyoko (Jun Yoshinaga) is a confident, intelligent 16-year-old girl who is falling in love with the diffident, moody boy next door: Kaito (Nijiro Murakami). Kaito's parents are divorced: his dad, a tattooist, lives in Tokyo and his mum works in a restaurant. Kyoko is dealing with something even more painful: her mother, a delicate and beautiful woman, is dying, perhaps of cancer, although the film is a little too otherworldly to acknowledge the exact illness, the exact medical care or the ugly, un-Zen physical toll it can take.’ The Guardian

CREDITS

CODEX, COLOUR, STEREO, 121 MINUTES, JAPAN/FRANCE/SPAIN, JAPANESE (ENGLISH SUBTITLES) / DIRECTOR/SCRIPT: NAOMI KAWASE / CINEMATOGRAPHER: YUTAKA YAMAZAKI / EDITORS: TINA BAZ, NAOMI KAWASE / PRODUCTION CO: EDDIE SAETA SA, KUMIE, XIAN LONGRUI FILM AND TELEVISION CULTURE MEDIA CO / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: MK2 / SCREENING FORMAT: DCP