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Our Little Sister(海街diary)

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Japan

2015

Rated PG • 2h 8m

Director Hirokazu Kore-eda

Starring Haruka Ayase, Masami Nagasawa, Kaho, Suzu Hirose

Genre Drama, Comedy

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Three sisters Sachi, Yoshino and Chika live together in a large house in the city of Kamakura. When their absentee father dies, they travel to the countryside for his funeral and meet their shy teenage half-sister Suzu. Bonding quickly with her, they invite Suzu to live with them, establishing a new life of discovery for the four siblings.

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80

Screen International by Dan Fainaru

Kore-Eda’s film is more than the beautifully luminous faces of his actresses, the particular way they move and speak, or the lovely landscapes of Kamakura, even though all of these should be admired. So much more lies buried in-between the lines.
50

The Film Stage by Giovanni Marchini Camia

Had the story been more focused rather than trying to encompass all four sisters as protagonists as well as integrate a number of redundant secondary characters, it likely could have yielded more satisfying results.
67

The Playlist by Jessica Kiang

Kore-eda's trademark humility and humanism is here, and we do get glimpses, even stretches, that suggest the piercingly bittersweet vitality of his best work. But "Our Little Sister" feels like "Kore-eda lite."
60

CineVue by John Bleasdale

The humour is as gentle as the girls are and, without sharp edges, the film occasionally veers towards schmaltz, but Kore-eda's deft touch and his eye for a subtle yet precise detail keeps the world grounded and consistently interesting, funny and at times moving.
75

The A.V. Club by Mike D'Angelo

As a result, the movie version feels a tad weightless, especially relative to its hefty running time. Anyone in the mood for two hours (and change) of sheer, unadulterated loveliness, however, will be amply rewarded.
80

The Guardian by Peter Bradshaw

The film is quiet, understated and gentle, allowing the audience to take pleasure in teasing out its narrative subtleties, and presented with wonderful freshness and clarity.
80

The Telegraph by Tim Robey

Precisely because it’s less emotionally coercive than Kore-eda’s last couple of pictures, it’s even more moving: rather than lunging full-bore for the solar plexus, the truths it’s telling creep up on you.

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