2008. PG-13. If there’s such a thing as a beautiful movie, this is it. Departures is about life, death, abandonment, grief, acceptance, reconciliation, finding one’s destiny, and much more. At times, it dangles dangerously close to hyper-sentimentalism, but the overall effect is still wonderful. Don’t let the opening scene mislead you. The movie has its funny moments, but it’s not a comedy. (Japanese)
- Are we born for a specific life purpose? For a specific career path?
- If so, how do we discover it?
- Are rituals associated with death and dying important? If so, which ones? Why?
- Are we ever justified in ceasing to seek reconciliation with estranged friends and family?
© panthera2, 2012.