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Sisters Sachi (Haruka Ayase), Yoshino (Masami Nagasawa) and Chika (Kaho) go through thick and thin together. Together they live in their family's old house in the small coastal town of Kamakura near Tokyo. The young women have had no contact with their father for a long time since he left them 15 years ago to start a new family. Yet they want to pay him their last respects after his death. They get to know their half-sister Suzu (Suzu Hirose), who has now become an orphan. Without further ado, the three sisters decide to take the 13-year-old girl in. Although at first they are completely strangers to each other, a close family bond quickly develops between the fours, in which only the present counts - until they realize that they also have to face their past&.hellip;
Based on the manga "Umimachi Diary" by Akimi Yoshida, director Hirokazu Kore-eda has staged a tender, almost poetic family story with "Our little sister". Like in his last movie "Like Father, Like Son" slowness determines the action here. The story is carried by wonderful images and finely observed snapshots. You could almost get the impression that the director is here with too many side issues to unnecessarily lengthen the actually very simple story. Cause in over two hours, there's not really much going on here. At least it seems so. But it's really worth it to let the slow narrative flow carry you away and look under the surface.
Then it reveals what a beautiful film "Our little sister" has become. The drama is extremely emotional without ever becoming kitschy. The characters seem very authentic, which is why the viewer also feels for the little things in their everyday life. And it is precisely the many small things that can bring about big changes. With a very sensitive hand Hirokazu Kore-eda shows how much the sisters strive to create a harmonious nest for themselves and also to secure a harmonious future especially for Suzu. It becomes clear, however, that it is not only the present and the future that hold problems in store that need to be tackled. Even the past can always stand in your way if you don't face it.
This movie is about restraint. It's not just the pace that's slowed down. The ensemble also plays very reservedly in most moments, which pays off especially in more emotional moments. Haruka Ayase in particular, as a young woman who has put all her own dreams and wishes aside in order to assume a kind of mother role for her sisters, delivers an extremely strong performance in her restraint. In combination with the soft film music and the wonderful visual language, this results in a very engaging whole that surrounds you with a warm blanket of well-being and happily releases you into reality. Who appreciates quiet Arthaus cinema from Japan and simply wants to have a nice story told, should definitely pay a visit to these charming sisters. Absolutely worth seeing!
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