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With the skill of a great novelist, Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-Eda (MABOROSI; AFTER LIFE) captures universal human verities in this quiet, emotionally intense portrait of a dysfunctional contemporary family marking the anniversary of the eldest son’s death. The favorite of a retired physician, Junpei drowned saving a life more than a decade ago. Now, as the Yokoyama clan gathers, simmering tensions, grief, sibling rivalries and a need for love and appreciation define their bonds. “Magnificent — very wise and very true” – Roger Ebert.