Published DateLACONIA — The Laconia Human Relations Committee in cooperation with the Laconia Public Library
presents ''Departures'', a Japanese movie that won the Academy Award as best foreign language film. This is another in the International Film Series to be shown on Monday, March 4 at 6:15 p.m. at the Laconia Public Library.
''Departures'' finds a man searching desperately for a job after the orchestra disbands where he was a cellist. This astonishing movie brings the many images of departures to life.
This 2009 film, ten years in the making, opens with nostalgic scenes of the snow in the north country of Japan. It ends with poignancy, bringing together all the hidden strands of submerged stories around the traditions of the experience of death.
Japanese films have been known for blockbuster spectacles, animation, and horror flicks. Departures and Tokyo Sonata showcase current Japanese filmmakers who see a different future in Japanese filmmaking. Here they highlight very different experiences with the loss of a job. They point to a new seriousness and transformative force in Japanese filmmaking.
Tokyo Sonata is a 2005 production currently available at the Laconia Library. It brings the power and bleak humor of the far-reaching personal effect on a modern family when the bread-winner loses his job. The classical music of young musicians becomes an undercurrent of redemption in both films.
The Laconia International Film Series is open free to everyone. Informal discussion follows the film. Light snacks are provided.
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