OUR LITTLE SISTER (UMIMACHI DIARY)
Director Hirokazu Kore–eda (LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON, AFI FEST 2013) has crafted another carefully observed film about family. Kore–eda again draws a beautiful portrait of an unconventional family and shows how stepping outside of standard familial structures can reveal truer depths of love and connection. When a family patriarch dies, three sisters travel to the rural countryside to attend his funeral. While there, they briefly connect with their much younger and more timid half–sister. On an impulse, the women invite her to come back and live with them in the city. With this delicate, perceptive and articulate meditation on the fragility of familial bonds, Kore–eda once again confirms his storied reputation as a modern master. — Lane Kneedler
Japanese auteur Hirokazu Kore-eda was born in Tokyo, where he attended Waseda University. His films include AFTER LIFE; AIR DOLL; LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON (AFI FEST 2013); NOBODY KNOWS; STILL WALKING; and this year’s OUR LITTLE SISTER, which premiered in competition at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.
Anna J. Takayama
Sony Pictures Classics