During the annual ghost festival in Japan, the director, Yuki, along with his father Munemitsu, embarks upon an emotional journey in the footsteps of Norie. Together they draw a portrait and honour the memory of Yuki’s mother. As they bring her back from the depths of their memories, the two men discover each other and create new, unexpected bonds.
Special Mention - Interreligious Award - International Competition - Visions du Réel 2019
We enter Norie very slowly, as if we were entering the warm water of a lake. Thirty years after the disappearance of the mother and the woman they loved, Yuki and his father embark on an intimate investigation across Japan, to reconstruct from traces, correspondence and testimonies, the memories of Norie. In this dazzling black-and-white pilgrimage, punctuated by the O-Bon festival (which each year honors the ancestors), the father and son come together with disconcerting gentleness. From a road-movie to an initiatory journey, Yuki Kawamura leaves us stunned before this great testimony of love.
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