Director: Hirokazu Koreeda. Cast: Haruka Ayase, Masami Nagasawa, Kaho, Suzu Hirose. 128 min. Rated PG. Japan. Drama/Comedy.
Three sisters attend the funeral of a father who left them for another woman, and invite their step-sister to live with them. Calling this a slow melodrama by the award-winning director of long slow-paced movies, is the understatement of the year. But there's a silver lining: watching the movie, you not only experience the regular ups and downs any teenage or twenty-something girl goes through, but also get to know how it sounds and feels to live in rural modern-day Japan for two hours. That's quite a feat, happening from the comfort of a movie theater, or living room.