Thursday, January 21, 2010
Before There was Writing
Departures which is about Daigo, a cellist. Daigo's symphony shuts down so he is forced to return to the village where he was born. A typo in a want ad leads him to becoming an a.nakanshi or one who prepares the dead for burial. I know this all sounds depressing. In many ways, it is. However, it's a wonderful and moving movie. At one point, he takes his wife to the beach where he finds a small rock which he gives to her telling this story. Before there was writing, people would look for a rock that shows how they feel and present to a loved one. A smooth rock could show that the person is happy. I won't spoil the movie by sharing more. I did love the idea and the story. I wonder what my rocks say about me.