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Big screen classics

After Life

Wandafuru raifu

Koreeda’s warm, witty film has the recently deceased searching their memories and finding happiness through film.

Image from After Life

Japan 1998
Dir Hirokazu Koreeda
With Arata, Erika Oda, Taketoshi Naito
118min
Digital
English subtitles
Certificate PG

Hirokazu Koreeda’s film is set in a limbo where the recently deceased are encouraged by counsellors to choose their most precious memory, which is then recreated on film so that they can take it with them for eternity. A warm, amusing, imaginative mix of fiction and documentary interviews, it succeeds both as a meditation on happiness and the power of memory and cinema, and as a celebration of human interaction.

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