The Mourning Forest

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La Forêt de Mogari

The Mourning Forest

(Mogari no mori)

by Naomi Kawase

Japan, France


La Forêt de Mogari

Director: Naomi Kawase

Script: Naomi Kawase

Cinematographer: Hideyo Nakano

Editing: Yuji Oshige, Tina Baz

Sound: Shigetake Ao

Art Director: Toshihiro Isomi

Music: M. Shigeno

Cast: Shigeki Uda, Machiko Ono, Makiko Watanabe, Kanako Masuda, Yoichiro Saito

Production: Kumie Inc, Naomi Kawase, Celluloid Dreams, Visual Arts, College Osaka

Haut et Court
38 rue des martyrs
75 009 Paris
Tel: 0033
Fax: 0033

Year: 2007

35 mm, Colour, 97 min, 
OV Japanese with French Subtitles

Grand Prix - Cannes Film Festival 2007

Shigeki has been inconsolable since his wife died thirty three years ago. He lives in a small remote retirement home where he is kindly taken care of by nursing auxiliary Machiko qui who just lost her child. Without knowing it, both of them share a heavy secret: the loss of a close parent, and the time of mourning. What binds them is a great empathy, not a feeling of sadness. After a car accident, Shigeki and Machiko are left alone and helpless. When the old man enters the close by forest, Machiko has no other choice but follow him. It is in the heart of this protective nature that they will experience their aliveness again.

"When we find comforting in intangible things such as human feelings, light and wind, or the shadow of someone who just passed away, then we can assume our loneliness." Naomi Kawase

This film is a Franco-Japanese coproduction.

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