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After Life


Printed in Little White Lies magazine, November 2007.

What happens when you die? There have been plenty of films exploring this question, but the answer proffered in this, the follow-up to Kore-eda Hirokaz’ acclaimed debut Maborosi, is nothing if not original. The recently departed arrive at a halfway house resembling a dilapidated school, are officially informed of their death, and then asked to choose one memory from their earthly lives to accompany them into the ever-after. Filmed on 16mm and including a fair amount of interview footage with ordinary people, the director’s naturalistic technique balances the wackiness of the premise, and leads to some genuinely touching moments.

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