The movie just isn’t eager about what occurred to the useless man as a result of, for its functions, the reason for dying would not matter. Dying and life do matter very a lot: Kyoto’s type and exquisite mom, Isa (Miyuki Matsuda), a neighborhood shaman, is being handled for a terminal sickness that looks like it may be most cancers, though the film would not specify. In an extended dialog between Kyoto and Isa at her mom’s bedside that is the movie’s closest equal to a skeleton key unlocking creative intent, a shaman is described as a religious chief who stands on the precipice between life and dying, observable actuality and the unknown, and may see in each instructions, and carries an excellent burden due to it. It is a film that casts a shaman’s eye on the whole lot.
A lot of the movie is a collection of ragged and organic-seeming conversations between Kaito, Kyoto, and different characters, in addition to between the characters and the world—a cinematic dialogue that’s expressed with photographs and cuts, transferring between people in dialogue and the water, the bushes, the sand, the sky, and so forth. The characters are teenagers with highly effective feelings who do not perceive a lot and lack knowledge. The movie appears to have been calibrated to mirror their halting however honest searches for that means inside experiences that they concern are finally meaningless or random. One dialogue between them asks why persons are born, stay, after which die. Kyoto desires to know as a result of her mom has simply gotten a terminal analysis, and Kaito says he would not have the reply however naively reassures his girlfriend that her mom cannot die as a result of she’s a shaman.
Past the 2 leads, the characterizations are fractured, as in a Terrence Malick film that provides us simply as a lot because it thinks a scene wants however would not really feel the urge to examine in on everybody periodically in order that they’re nonetheless concerned within the story. Kaito is what was referred to as a latchkey child: he lives together with his single mom, Misaki (Makiko Watanabe), a restaurant employee, and would not see that a lot of her as a result of she’s on the job a lot. He visits his tattoo artist father, Atsushi (Jun Murakami), in Tokyo, searching for some clarification for why his dad and mom cut up up; his father would not have clarification for that, both, however reassures Kaito that it would not have an effect on his love for him, and considerably unconvincingly says that he feels nearer to Kaito’s mom now that they are aside. The scene glancingly mirrors the scenes of Kyoko worrying about her mom’s well being and considering the final word separation; her mother tells her that even after dying, individuals proceed to be current within the lives of individuals they love.