Based on a manga, 2015’s Umimachi Diary (aka Our Little Sister), is the latest film from Japanese writer/director Hirokazu Koreeda.
Described as a diary of how four sisters became family, the story of the film is a classic one – family coming together after the death of an estranged family member.
Like a lot of films of this genre, the strength and focus was not on the plot, but rather on the interactions between the characters. It was fascinating for me, peering into another culture somewhat alien to my own, but yet so familiar; seeing them express the same joys and sorrows that we do, over the same simple, everyday acts of eating, living, and being.
Check out the trailer and I am sure you would agree – Hirokazu Koreeda has yet another festival hit on his hands.