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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

March 6, 2009 at 11:44 AM

Oscar-winning “Departures” arriving in June

One of the few genuine surprises of this year’s Academy Awards ceremony was the award for foreign-language film. Everybody, including me, thought it was a contest between Israel’s “Waltz with Bashir” and France’s “The Class,” but the winner was a far lesser-known film from Japan. “Departures” has been winning prizes at film festival around the world, but has played few U.S. theaters. Directed by Yojiro Takita, it’s the story of a suddenly unemployed Tokyo cellist (Masahiro Motoki) who moves back to the town where he grew up and finds unexpected work at a funeral home.
Here’s the trailer for the film, which looks very moving, with particularly lovely music. It’s just been added to the local Landmark release schedule, and is tentatively set to open in Seattle June 5.

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