Friday, May 19, 2017


Another movie with Masahiro Motoki, Departures is available on Netflix. The movie won the Oscar for best movie in a foreign language.

Motoki is a cellist, who goes back to his own town with his wife after the orchestra he plays with is disbanded. He answers an ad for a job, not really sure what it's about, a travel agency maybe? It turns out the job is that of encoffiner, a ritual mortician who prepares the body before the funeral. After a rough start, he becomes good at his job. The problem is that there is a Japanese social taboo against people who work with the dead. When his wife finds out what his job is, she has a tough time accepting it.
A beautiful, delicate movie, dealing with a difficult subject.

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