#246: Departures (2008)

When and how did I watch this?

August 22nd, 2015, on Amazon Prime.

Had I seen this film already?

No.

What did I know about the movie before watching it?

Another foreign film, this time Japanese; something to do with a cellist.

What do I know about it now?

One of the best films I’ve ever seen.  Several moments that demand contemplation and reflection, and while some of the customs demonstrated were sort of lost in translation, zero of the human attributes were so. It starts slow, but it builds and grows on you.

What are some themes in the film?

Death is the bulk theme, but it is handled in numerous ways: usually gently, sometimes humorously, sometimes closer to you than others. Shame, pride, loyalty, respect.

Did this affect me personally?

Yes, and yes again.  Got Allison a few times.  Got me once.

Why is this ranked #246?

Why isn’t this ranked #46?

Did my wife watch/like it?

Yes.

Would I watch it again?

Yes.

Would I recommend it to a friend?

I’d recommend it to complete strangers.

Does it deserve to be on this list as one of the greatest films of all time?

No doubt.

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