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The Mourning Forest (Mogari no Mori)

Dir: Naomi Kawase. Japan/France 2007. 98 mins.Naomi Kawase is one of those directors who usethe medium of film to work through their obssessions. In her case,these include fractured families, the aftermath of a loved one's deathor disappearance, rural Japanese traditions, the spiritual luminosityof the elderly and infirm. Luckily for audiences - or at least forpatient audiences - Kawase is also a consumate, original filmmaker,with ...

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