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Directed by Ryôta Nakano

Japan 2017 125 mins. In Japanese

After her husband disappears with another woman, Futaba, now a single mother, is forced to close the family bathhouse business. When she is diagnosed with terminal cancer, she does not tell her teenage daughter, who is being bullied at school and needs guidance. Futaba gives herself important tasks to fulfill before she dies: to reunite with her husband and reopen the bathhouse, to make her daughter more independent, and to introduce someone important to her daughter. The fourth task concerns a secret she has been keeping for a very long time. Balancing the heartbreaking and the humorous along with fine performances, Nakano’s story of family restoration is this year’s Japanese submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. In Japanese with English subtitles.

Filmography: Capturing Dad (2012)

Reviews: Screen Anarchy