May 27, 2007

Cannes. The Mourning Forest.

To catch up with initial reactions to Naomi Kawase's The Mourning Forest (site), which has won the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes, we can turn to Patrick Z McGavin, who, writing for Emanuel Levy's site, calls it a "sad, poetic feature about grief and loss experienced by two radically different people... Interestingly, at the 50th anniversary of Cannes, her movie Suzaku won the Camera d'Or for best first feature. Those who surrender to the plaintive moods are likely to find significant emotional rewards."

The Mourning Forest

"Naomi Kawase is one of those directors who use the medium of film to work through their obsessions," writes Lee Marshall for Screen Daily. "Luckily for audiences - or at least for patient audiences - Kawase is also a consumate, original filmmaker, with a talent for delicate emotional shading, made all the more authentic by her near-documentary style."

"A sort of therapeutic variation on Tropical Malady," suggests Mike D'Angelo at ScreenGrab. "Kawase knows how to photograph vegetation, but the substance of her film is unavoidably maudlin."

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Posted by dwhudson at May 27, 2007 12:25 PM


I'm so happy for Naomi Kawase! please marry me Naomi!

Posted by: beruk at May 27, 2007 12:49 PM