Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Departures (2009) ★★★★★


Daigo had just been hired in an orchestra but the orchestra is being dismantled because its debts are piling up. Having invested a lot of money in his cello, Daigo decides with his wife to move to the countryside in the house of Daigo's deceased mother. After he applies for a mysterious job advertised in the newspaper, Daigo realizes the job is about giving funeral rites and preparing the bodies of the dead for the departure ceremony. His wife does not see eye to eye to this job.

My verdict:

Amazing movie. It is full of beauty, poetry and dignity. This is the journey of an average man who discovers, learns, acts and gives. It is also the story of death and paying the last respects to the departed. The acting is done right and so is the directing. Music is so present that it is almost a character in itself. This film has received the 2009 Oscar of the best movie in a foreign language. Having seen only the French-dubbed version, it is not possible to judge how it is in English version, but despite the poor lip-sync in the French version, the dialogues were brilliant and the story itself was strong enough to make the viewer forget about the lip-sync imperfections. This is an absolute must-see that will draw tears from everybody. I give it 5 stars.

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