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Sunday, September 13, 2009

After Life



This spare Japanese film depicts a sort of "bardo", an intermission sort of time and place between mortal life and eternity. In a rundown, wabi-sabi office building, a group of people interview the newly dead and ask them each to choose one defining moment from their lives, which is then recreated on film by the interviewers, and shown to the dead, who then have that moment as their only memory from the entire lifespan.

Quiet, thoughtful, surprising, the film was a sheer joy to watch. Thank you, Osprey, for rating it with five stars on Netflix, or I may never have watched it!

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