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Japanese horror master Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s continues his winning stream with this patient and elegantly rendered ghost story set in modern-day France. Jean (Tahar Rahim) is hired as the assistant to Stéphane, a former fashion photographer who wallows in grief for his late wife while stubbornly clinging to the antiquated, long-exposure process of daguerreotype photography. As Jean learns the ropes, he begins to fall for Stéphane’s daughter Marie who endures, as her mother did in the past, the painful and physically demanding role of modeling for her father’s images. In French with English subtitles. “You’ll need patience for it to work on you, but all effort’s repaid tenfold, thanks to Kurosawa’s murmur-soft, immaculate craft and a trio of gorgeous central performances.” – Robbie Collin, The Telegraph

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Reviews: The Daily Telegraph, Hollywood Reporter, MUBI Notebook (third review), The Playlist

Interviews: Interview with Kiyoshi Kurosawa at MUBI Notebook

Filmography: Creepy (2016), Journey to the Shore (2015), Tokyo Sonata (2008), Bright Future (2002), Pulse (2001), Charisma (1999), Cure (1997)

Other Films by Kiyoshi Kurosawa

Before We Vanish

In Kurosawa’s patiently post-modern riff on The Invasion of the Body Snatchers, a trio of extraterrestrials that have assumed human form robs the minds of Earthlings of the basic concepts of life on Earth, paving the way for an invasion from beyond. The only thing standing in their way are a journalist who’s trying to


In Kurosawa’s (Cure, Pulse, Tokyo Sonata) return to genre filmmaking, a broken ex-detective (Hidetoshi Nishijima) seeks to unlock the mystery of a missing family while navigating his relationship with the oddly disconcerting man who lives next door (Kurosawa regular Teruyuki Kagawa). As the neighbor further insinuates himself into their lives, Takakura and his wife Yasuko