Our Little Sister, Hirokazu Koreeda, Japan, 2015.
I get dead sick of movies that use trauma to approximate deep emotion. As if violence in itself gets us close to something. Our Little Sister (based on Akima Yoshida's manga series Umimachi Diary is about three sisters who meet their younger half sister at their shared father's funeral and invite her to live with them which she does. It's not violent or traumatic but I was far more interested and felt more intensely about it than anything that would bombard me. Suzu, the younger sister was a gorgeous adolescent mix of gracefulness and clumsiness, of openness and quiet shame, delight, despair. I believed utterly in her three very different sisters. I wonder if the middle one the first casually scruffy Japanese woman I've seen on the screen?. It was so beautiful and so beautifully shot I kept bracing myself for the awful thing that would happen to disrupt and corrupt it all. It never did. I've liked other stuff by Koreeda (I wish and Still Walking) He's so good on trains and family.
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