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When his orchestra disbands, daigo kobayashi moves back to his h ometown and takes a job preparing corpses for burial. Too embar rassed to admit his new career to his family, daigo keep his pro fession a secret until he learns the true joy and wonder of livi ng.
After Daigo Kobayashi (Masahiro Motoki) loses his job as a cellist, he feels lost. Daigo returns to his hometown in search of work, and a job ad leads him to work at a funeral home. While those around him shun his new career, Daigo finds solace and direction in his work. This thought-provoking look at life and death was Japan?s submission for the Oscars in 2008.
"The score, heavy on the cello, is gorgeous, the visuals are painterly in their composition, and the film is calm and stately, even when depicting grief at its most raw." 05/29/2009
Wall Street Journal
"[B]eautiful moments abound. In DEPARTURES, the contemplation of death prepares the way for an appreciation of life." 05/29/2009
4 stars out of 4 -- "The music is lush and sentimental in a subdued way, the cinematography perfectly framed and evocative, and the movie is uncommonly absorbing." 05/27/2009
3 stars out of 5 -- "Winner of this year's Best Foreign Film Oscar, DEPARTURES offers a gentle, unashamedly sentimental take on death and reconciliation." 12/07/2009
4 stars out of 5 -- "[B]lack comedy is interspersed with moments of tenderness....Unique, clever and full of warmth." 06/01/2010