Still the Water

Futatsume no mado



Kaito, a 16-year-old boy lives with her single mother – a complicated relationship due to his mother’s multiple partners. The sudden discovery of a corpse floating on the riverfront and the incoming typhoon that engulfs the town sets a catalyst that brings out Kaito’s traumas to the fore, and enacts a coming of age in the face of one’s mortality.

As with the slowness of island life and the turbulent waves of a storm, Kawase moves her story in a pace that holds a strong allegiance and sensitivity to the environment. Deeply personal, Still The Water was made after the death of Kawase’s adoptive mother (the film is also set in Amami-Oshima, the birth place of her ancestors), providing a haunting parable about the cycle of life and death and the transmission of knowledge between generations.


  • naomikawase-profile Since her emergence in the 1990s, Naomi Kawase has cemented herself as one of the most respected and adroit filmmakers of contemporary Japanese cinema. Her films are a window into the inner worlds of nature and humanity, illuminating the quiet humanism that is present in all our lives. She has made more than 30 documentary and fiction works that have been lauded by critics, festivals and audiences all over.
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