Sunday 17 August 2003
After Life (1998) by Kore-eda Hirokazu
We watched this DVD of a Japanese movie while on holiday. I really enjoyed it. The premise is that at a station between Heaven and Earth, case workers have one week to help the newly arrived dead to find one defining moment of their life to take it with them to Heaven. All other memories are erased. The movie follows twenty-two people trying to make up their mind and two case workers helping some of them. It's a slow, thoughtful movie but I thought it was fascinating. Of course, you can't help starting to think about what single memory you would take with you. It's very hard to choose. All the case workers are people who couldn't themselves decide.