It’s very rare for me to get influenced/moved by movies, but almost every few months I usually come across one such masterpiece that makes me think and wonder about this whole world, humans and human relations. Something related happened with this Japanese movie I just watched this evening.
Aruitemo Aruitemo (Still Walking) is a 2008 japenese movie, directed by Hirokazu Koreeda. With a cast comprising of Hiroshi Abe, Yui Nutsukawa and YOU… yes you, It’s a storyline so simple and still so complex that it entangles you along with it and before you can realize, you became an inseparable part of it.
A son went to meet his parents, living alone in a small town, and the duration of visit.. just one night. That’s it, its just a long tale of those few hours. There’s a father busy reading newspaper when everyone else is busy clicking some family portraits. And the one part which touched me the most – When the mother very lightly, very casually in a simple tone tells that she always had a dream to take her kids out for shopping in a car, their own car. And now for her kids, its just such a simpleton thing… going out shopping in car… no big deal.. “So who’s stopping us mum, let’s go anytime..” Anytime?? But where is the time ???
It has some inherent sorrow within it, some deep gloom inside every character… there is something breaking inside, something like the old washroom tiles, rotting and becoming weak day by day, nearing a collapse. Its brings you face to face with those hidden sadness of today’s life that you always turn a blind eye to.
And in between all this there are the characters, one who’s thinking what to say to these parents next morning while bidding farewell? what to say to them to solace them that they won’t be alone in their last days ? and the thought that do we really have faith and trust on ourselves?
Don’t miss it, It’s a rare film…