Distance
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Four people whose lives are connected by a common tragedy discuss the paths their lives have taken in this drama from Japan. Minoru (Susumu Terajima) is a businessman, Atsushi (Araka) is a disaffected post-modern teen, Kiyoka (Yui Natsukawa) is an educator, and Masaru (Yusuke Iseya) a quiet young woman. Normally, these four would have nothing in common and little to say to one another, but fate has brought them together through an unfortunate circumstance -- they all had relatives who were members of the Ark of Truth, a combination religious cult and terrorist group whose desire to lash out at… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The film's exploration of loss and the gulf of time and memory that separates us from our pasts is beautifully and subtly handled by Kore-eda."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"It's creepy, inspired film-making."
‑ Jamie Russell, BBC.com
"Thanks to deadly execution, viewer sympathy ends up going to the cult members who were obviously desperate to escape from the kind of society that makes numbingly tedious, ultimately distancing films like this."
‑ Michael Rechtshaffen, Hollywood Reporter
"It's very slow and quiet, yet strong undercurrents of emotion fill the screen."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
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