Mogari no Mori (The Mourning Forest) (The Forest of Mogari)
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Mogari no Mori (The Mourning Forest) (The Forest of Mogari)
Two people dealing with loss come together in this drama from Japanese filmmaker Naomi Kawase. Machiko (Machiko Ono) is a woman who is still recovering emotionally from the death of her young son when she takes a job at a nursing home, where she helps care for the elderly and ailing residents. One of Machiko's charges is Shigeki (Shigeki Uda), a kind but frustrating man who is slipping into senility. Machiko reminds Shigeki of his late wife, while she similarly develops a filial fondness for him. For his birthday, Machiko takes Shigeki for a drive in the country, but her car breaks down… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 60%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A film marked by lovely moments but which falls short of the lyrical heights to which it aspires."
‑ Scott Foundas, L.A. Weekly
"Beautifully photographed, but Uda steals the show as Shigeki."
‑ Jon Popick, Planet Sick-Boy
"Yarn about a young carer who follows an elderly patient into the forest, strives for the mythic, but ambition is undercut by its conveniently underarticulated affectations."
‑ Russell Edwards, Variety
"A sad, poetic feature about grief and loss, Naomi's uneven film requires a certain patience and understanding."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Ultimately, The Mourning Forest is not so much flawed as it is unable to create a very powerful impression."
‑ Jeremy Heilman, MovieMartyr.com