Our Little Sister
2015, Japan, 128’, Color, Japanese
Director: Hirokazu Kore-eda
Cast: Ayase Haruka, Nagasawa Masami, Kaho, Hirose
2015 Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or Nominee
Critically acclaimed director Kore-eda, with films like “Nobody Knows,” “Still Walking” and “Like Father, Like Son” is back with a story based on best seller graphic novel “Umimachi Diary.”
The nostalgic story of three sisters reunited after fifteen years.
The three Koda sisters have been on their own ever since their parents’ divorce, their mother having moved away shortly after her husband left her for another woman. Now in their twenties, the sisters still live together in the house that once belonged to their grandmother. The eldest sister, Sachi (Haruka Ayase), the de facto head of the family, works as a nurse; the middle child, Yoshino (Masami Nagasawa), has a successful career at a bank; while the youngest, Chika (Kaho), is a fashionable, fun-loving free spirit. When they receive news of their father’s death, the sisters are surprised to discover that they have a step-sibling, the thirteen-year-old Suzu (Suzu Hirose), who gratefully accepts her elder sisters’ offer to come live with them. The presence of the shy young Suzu, for whom the loss of her father is still a fresh wound, stirs long-dormant memories among the three sisters, who had thought of their father (if they thought of him at all) as a phantom. And the painful past becomes fully present once more when the women’s mother suddenly reappears after fifteen years.