The Oscar-Winning 'Departures' Is Good, but Not That Good

The Portland Mercury | July 2, 2009
While moving and carefully done, Departures is hardly revelatory -- it sticks to tear-jerking iterations on circle-of-life themes. As the Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Film, the film's greatest profundity reveals more about the questionable decisions being made by the Academy than those of love, death, or life.
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