The Mourning Forest (Mogari no mori)
The Mourning Forest (Mogari no mori) (2007)

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,… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 26, 2007
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Critic Score: 67% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly

A film marked by lovely moments but which falls short of the lyrical heights to which it aspires.

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Jeremy Heilman

Ultimately, The Mourning Forest is not so much flawed as it is unable to create a very powerful impression.

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Russell Edwards

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.

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Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy

Beautifully photographed, but Uda steals the show as Shigeki.

Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film

The film is quiet, even gentle in its pacing, but has a great deal to say.

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Emanuel Levy

A sad, poetic feature about grief and loss, Naomi's uneven film requires a certain patience and understanding.

Flixster Audience Score: 63% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
Kawase is trying to make a sensorial film in which little is said and we are supposed to feel in our hearts the pain that troubles the characters, but she ends… More