Keswick Film Club - Departures

Sunday 11th April 5:00 PM

Departures (Okuribito)

Director: Yojiro Takita Country: Japan
Cert: 12A Year: 2008 Length: 130 mins

Programme Notes

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Audience Reaction

Score: 96.74% Attendance: 68



Another chance to see the winner of the Festival's Audience Award.

Masahiro Motoki stars as the newly redundant young cellist who returns to his roots but goes after a job advertising 'departures' – which he thinks may be a travel agency, but instead involves him in an entirely different journey, as the person who will strip the dead and make them ready for their funerals. Winner of the 2009 Oscar for Best Foreign-language film, the film's grace and general understatement are a surprise from a director with soft porn in his cv. Its flirtations with the broad humour of 'encoffinment' have puzzled some, but for most reviewers the laughs and reflective narrative make a good fit.


open_quote The cinematography is perfectly framed and evocative, and the movie is uncommonly absorbing. close_quote Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-times


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