(Maboroshi no hikari)
Marilyn Fabe is the author of Closely Watched Films and was the longtime teacher for the popular BAMPFA lecture/screening series Film 50: History of Cinema.
Makiko Esumi, Takashi Naito, Tadanobu Asano, Gohki Kashiyama,
Yumiko, a troubled young woman, believes she is responsible for the death of her grandmother as well as the suicide of her first husband, Ikuo. Five years after Ikuo’s death, she is happily remarried but her guilt and sorrow are never far away. Returning to her home town, she is drawn to a clifftop by the tolling of funeral bells—and by the siren call of the maborosi, a beautiful light that lures people into the sea. “The film is a document of the ‘light and shadow’ which flicker inside a woman,” Kore-eda said of his stunning debut feature, which evokes the universal experience of mourning and regeneration with subtle precision.