Kore-eda does it again. A wonderful, detailed, intense, coming of age story.
This film was very well received at the latest Telluride Film Festivalwhere I saw it. Based on a true incident it is the story of 4children,each a child by a different father, abandoned by their mother,and trying to survive in modern Japan on their own. The film is pacedwonderfully slow, allowing the viewer to focus on small details thatoverlay other details. It does not drag at all and has moments of humormixed with pathos.
The oldest, a son of about 13 or 14, incredibly acted, becomes theparent. He is in transition from becoming the responsible one of thefamily and a typical kid, but one with real values.
There are moments where a box of tissues are in order. The film ends ina moment of hope mixed with a real desire to know what ultimatelyhappened to them all.