With spectacle and franchises dominating the multiplex, and even smaller cinemas leaning toward independent fare with A-list stars, finding a film of quiet craftsmanship and sensitive emotion can be tricky. But for those seeking that kind of richer cinematic experience, they’ll be able to look forward to the always great Hirokazu Kore-eda‘s latest film, “After The Storm.”
Premiering last year at the Cannes Film Festival, and making its North American bow at the Toronto International Film Festival in the fall, the film follows a struggling novelist as he tries maintain a connection with his mother, ex-wife and son, only for a passing typhoon to give him the opportunity to mend those ties. Here’s the official synopsis:
Dwelling on his past glory as a prize-winning author, Ryota (Hiroshi Abe) wastes the money he makes as a private detective on gambling and can barely pay child support. After the death of his father, his aging mother (Kirin Kiki) and beautiful ex-wife (Yoko Make) seem to be moving on with their lives. Renewing contact with his initially distrusting family, Ryota struggles to take back control of his existence and to find a lasting place in the life of his young son (Taiyo Yoshizawa) – until a stormy summer night offers them a chance to truly bond again.
Below, you can find our exclusive trailer for the film, along with a new, hand-drawn illustrated poster by acclaimed artist Akiko Stehrenberger (she also did that terrific “It Follows” one-sheet last year).
“After The Storm” opens in New York and Los Angeles on March 17th via Film Movement.