One of Japan’s finest contemporary filmmakers, Kore-eda’s quiet depictions of family life draw you in gently to reveal their dark corners, in a contemplative and honest fashion. In this drama, written by the director, his protagonist, Ryôta, is a failed writer and gambler who decides to pull his life together, following his father’s death. With no dramatic redemption arc, the film’s warm and humourous scenes see Ryôta trying to figure out his various encounters with regular folk, such as the cheating husbands, vengeful siblings or ex-wives.
Wild Strawberries is our film club for over 55s. Tickets: €4.25 including regular tea/coffee before the event. If you happen to look younger, please don’t take offence if we ask your age.
Notes by Alicia McGivern