Hirokazu Koreeda directs Haruka Ayase, Masami Nagasawa and Kaho in this family drama about three adult sisters who invite their estranged teen half sister to move in with them.
A deftly sweet movie that seduces you with its simple unfolding of story. There is very little conflict and minimal drama here. We just watch four young women grow together and warm to their new member while they make quiet decisions about their own futures. They eat together, have minor romances outside the house, attend more formal gatherings, notably funerals and the town fireworks festival. It is easy for any director to make you care for their protagonists in moments of great crisis or fantasy victory, for Koreeda to involve you and attach you to his family so intimately while only offering gentle waves of every day life is a fine achievement. It is almost the cinematic equivalent of ASMR. Japanese coastal community life is so attractive and peaceful as depicted here that the film contains another layer of delicate pleasure; a new dream life you’d never see on A Place in the Sun.
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