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Le Départ| 52mins
Director: Damien de Pierpont | Producer: Paul Fonteyn
Focus Years: 1998 | Country: Belgium
Subject Tags: asia, belief, culture, healing, health, japan, relationships
Quality Tags: Optimistic, Slow, Activating, Harmonizing
In 1987, a young Westerner lived for a year with a Japanese family in Tokyo. The family gradually became his own, his second family. A few years later, Otosan, his Japanese father, died of cancer. It has been almost three years and the mourning rituals are about to come to an end as this young Westerner, now a film director, takes us to meet his adoptive family. This privileged approach of film-making offers an insight into a Japan, which we are not used to seeing and far from the touristy cliches. We see Japan from the inside, sharing the intimacy of a family learning to "let go" and continue with life in accordance with their own cultural ways. The phases of sorrow and joy they live through as the days go by, echo our questions about death and sheds light on our own ways of coping with life.

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