Our Little Sister

(Umimachi Diary)
(Japan, 2015, 128 mins, DCP)
CAST Ayase Haruka, Nagasawa Masami, Kaho, Hirose Suzu
PROD Matsuzaki Kaoru, Taguchi Hijiri


When their long-estranged father dies, three grown-up sisters impulsively invite the half-sister they’ve never known (she’s the daughter of the father’s second wife) to move into their large house in Kamakura. Kore-eda’s most female-centric film, adapted from a famous manga by Yoshida Akimi, is less about sisterly bonds than about familial tensions, rivalries and what it takes to overcome them. Sensitive, emotionally acute and, of course, beautiful.

"Our Little Sister, pleasurably and movingly floats along on the in-between moments that make up a human life—a tender touch, a silent pause, the taste of plum wine, a long bike ride under a canopy of cherry-tree blossoms. All these moments gather tremendous, emotionally unifying force as [the film] unfolds…"—Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

Tony Rayns

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