NCW Flim Club Season 5

Departures
Dir: Yôjirô Takita
Japan 2008 130mins
1/10/10 8:00pm

Daigo Kobayashi is a devoted cellist in an
orchestra that has just been dissolved and now
finds himself without a job. Daigo decides to
move back to his old hometown with his wife to
look for work and start over. He answers a
classified ad entitled “Departures” thinking it is
an advertisement for a travel agency only to
discover that the job is actually for a funeral
professional who prepares deceased bodies
for burial and entry into the next life. While his
wife and others despise the job, Daigo takes a
certain pride in his work and begins to perfect
the art of “Nokanshi,” acting as a gentle
gatekeeper between life and death. The film
follows his profound and sometimes comical
journey with death as he uncovers the wonder,
joy and meaning of life and living.

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His & Hers
Dir: Ken Wardrop
Ireland 2009 80mins
5/11/10 8:00pm

The hallways, living rooms and kitchens of the
Irish Midlands become the canvas for the film’s
rich tapestry of female characters. The story
unfolds sequentially through young to old and
the characters are charmingly abashed; while
the younger contributors are animated in
discussing their relationship with their other
halves, the older women discuss their love, and
often their bereft love, with grace and candour.
His & Hers is an investigation into the ordinary
to discover the extraordinary. It finds comedy in
the mundane, tragedy in the profound and
provides an original insight into life.

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I Am Love
Dir: Luca Guadagnino
Italy 2009 119mins
3/12/10 8:00pm

I AM LOVE tells the story of the wealthy Recchi
family, whose lives are undergoing sweeping
changes. Eduardo Sr., the family patriarch, has
decided to name a successor to the reigns of
his massive industrial company, surprising
everyone by splitting power between his son
Tancredi, and grandson Edo. But Edo dreams
of opening a restaurant with his friend Antonio,
a handsome and talented chef. At the heart of
the family is Tancredi’s wife Emma, a Russian
immigrant who has adopted the culture of
Milan. An adoring and attentive mother, her
existence is shocked to the core when she falls
quickly and deeply in love with Edo’s friend and
partner Antonio, and embarks on a passionate
love affair that will change her family forever.

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