Thursday, April 29, 2010


Foreign films introduce us to other cultures and have a way of looking at life differently then that in American Hollywood produced films. Many film lovers shy away from these films because they are subtitled or because they feel that nothing can be gotten from a foreign film which can't be gotten from a domestic film. I believe these views to be absurd and feel that no one can call themselves a movie fan if they do not experience at least some foreign films. Depatures is the 2008 film from Japan that earned the Oscar for Best Foreign Film. It tells the story of a young man who returns to his hometown from Tokyo and takes a well-paying job preparing dead bodies for burials. Not all around him approve of his profession, and he is slow at taking to it, but eventually he becomes a master while taking pride in what he does. Departures is not a masterpiece by any stretch (many were flustered by the Academy when it won), but it is a quiet and observant picture that takes its time and makes you realize that many American films are geared towards an ADD audience.