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5/5 stars "A profoundly beautiful film" – Daily Telegraph (UK)

5/5 stars "An engrossing and exalting experience" – The Guardian

Yusuke Kafuku, a stage actor and director, still unable, after two years, to cope with the loss of his beloved wife, accepts to direct Uncle Vanja at a theater festival in Hiroshima. There he meets Misaki, an introverted young woman, appointed to drive his car. In between rides, secrets from the past and heartfelt confessions will be unveiled. As they spend time together, Kafuku confronts the mystery of his wife that quietly haunts him.

WINNER of Golden Globe Award for Best Picture, Non-English Language
WINNER of Best Screenplay: Cannes Film Festival 2021.
WINNER of the Fipresci Prize: Cannes Film Festival 2021.
WINNER of the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury: Cannes Film Festival 2021.
WINNER of Best Film: APSA 2021. WINNER of Best Screenplay: APSA 2021.
WINNER of Best Film: New York Film Critics Circle 2021.
2022 Japanese entry: Academy Awards (Oscars) for Best Foreign Film. 






Ryûsuke Hamaguchi

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