Film - Feature | May 12 | 7 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Three sisters grieving their fathers death decide to adopt the teenage half-sister theyve just met in Kore-edas captivating exploration of sibling ties, female relationships, and the passing of time, set in the idyllic, enchanting seaside town of Kamakura, Japan. As in much of the directors work, the plot itself soon pleasurably dissolves in a string of documentary-like momentsfamily meetings, strolls around Kamakura, quietly overheard conversationswith a focus not on emotional fireworks, but rather on the everyday sensation of a family (in this case, a family of women) simply being. What interests me is not only the beauty of the scenery of Kamakura, Kore-eda explained, but also . . . the beauty that arises from the realization . . . that the town, and the time there, continue even when we are gone.