Faithful to a metaphysical cinema that speaks primarily of people, Kiyoshi Kurosawa brings his minimal mastery to “Un Certain Regard” with a film – feast for the eyes and soul about all that unites the living with those who have gone.
Mizuki, a young piano teacher, returns home after an ordinary day at work. She cooks food and wanders melancholically in her empty apartment. Until a man appears from nowhere on a visit that does not seem strange, scary or anything else that would describe the fact that he is her husband who died three years ago.
Mizuki seems to have expected him for a long time, she sets the table for him to eat as if nothing unusual is happening and starts asking him about everything that has happened these three years, until she agrees to travel with him in all the places he wandered in order to thank all those who helped him to his great journey from death to life ….
Their route will be revealing, not only for those few things dividing the world of the living and the dead, but for the earthly passage to another dimension where the couple will have the opportunity to live a second honeymoon, this time learning things that they never knew for each other.
Their meeting with a lonely newspaper distributor, with the owners of a restaurant and the family of a farmer are like stops of an awakening into real life, a debt that must be repaid but before it is paid to those who deserve it, it first has to redeem the one who owes it.
Kurosawa, in one of his most tender moments of his mostly darker and horror filmography (remember “Bright Future” or “The Cure”), is immersed in the Japanese tradition to bring into light an inimitably beautiful and aesthetic love story that balances between metaphysical melodrama and earthly romance – genres that the great Japanese director seems to be inventing from scratch. To do so, he is exploiting the natural light to distort reality while a canvas of daily images is magnified through his lens to a lyric, touching eternal love poem.
He arrives at an absolute coexistence of the here and the other side, a metaphysical road movie that starts from loneliness to end in togetherness and where the palliative philosophical dimension of a second chance where only the void of loss would normally prevail , a place that can only fill you with unlimited hope and faith in humans.