Clearly rooted in Ozu, but far surpasses what I've seen from him. This is a really good exploration of family dynamics, death, and long-held trauma. The gaze on the characters is intimate and tender and clearly comes from honesty and compassion. There's a lot I really like here, but will stick with me the most, I think, is the butterfly sequence. If you've seen this, you'll know exactly what I'm talking about; regardless of anything else, that moment is perfect. I'm really liking Kore-eda now, so I hope to see a healthy portion this year. Good stuff.
I would also like to personally thank the wonderful Allie for recommending this film. She is charismatic and a lovely person to be around. She spreads joy wherever she interacts because she has genuine compassion for the people around her. So yeah, thanks Allie, you’re awesome and this movie is too.