Sometimes, it takes a while to get back through a favorite director’s backlog of films, and Japan’s Hirokazu Koreeda’s filmography is rarely happy-go-lucky (that’s Mike Leigh). 🎥
Still Walking, his sole entry in the Criterion Collection, is one of his most grounded, meaningful films: a family drama reminiscent of The Farewell in its universality, but this time more heavily focused on male stoicism and the balance between blood relations and chosen family. As queer people, many of us have negotiated our place within our own families, our partners’ families, and the chosen families we develop with or without genetic links. Koreeda has a knack for families: separating the factions and breaking the alliances any holiday meal will surely address; but he never overblows his drama, and there are monologues so subtle and undertones of malice that will catch you three scenes later when the family wants to share their secrets. If you care for this type of family drama (one of my favorite storytelling genres), Still Walking is available on the Criterion Channel.
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