Inori (2012), Pedro Gonzalez–Rubio, 72 min, Japan/Mexico
“Inori is an outstanding, peaceful, and poetic film about a community in Japan’s highlands populated entirely by the elderly. Mexican director González-Rubio has made a colorful discovery of backlands that foregrounds nature’s transcendent beauty…González-Rubio depicts a mountain village in Kanagawa that young people have abandoned for new personal and professional opportunities. The director sensitively portrays the handful of people who remain: a man still mourning his mother’s loss; old woman living alone after her husband’s death, recounting the tales of her children who now live far away. Following these characters in their everyday lives, one realizes that the film’s focus is universal: people exist like this all over the world.” – Indiewire