Yohjiro Takita / JP, 2008 / 129 min.
It seems a tough change of career: from playing the cello to caring for corpses. But a change of job can bring hidden talents to the surface: cellist Daigo prepares the dead for their journey to the hereafter in this Oscar-winning film by Yôyirô Takita.
For years now, Daigo has played as a cellist in an orchestra in Tokyo. Until the orchestra is disbanded and all the musicians are cast out onto the street. Daigo doesn’t lose heart and returns with his wife Mika to the village in the north of Japan where he was born, where he finds a new job. Not as a musician, but caring for the dead.
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