Inori depicts a picturesque and isolated mountain village in Japan, where only a few elderly residents remain. This documentary was the product of a chance meeting between Japanese filmmaker Naomi Kawase, known for her melancholy odes to the family, and Mexican director Pedro González-Rubio, whose last film, the sublime Alamar, was shot in a remote fishing village. Through González-Rubio’s curious and empathetic outsider’s gaze, each villager becomes a fascinating character that is never alien and always extraordinary. The village's elderly residents offer us moving testimonies as they reflect on their histories and the cycles of life. The meditative and dreamlike Inori is a film that takes us far away, only to remind us of our own stories here at home.
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