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'Departures': Between Life and Deathnew

This Oscar-winner for Best Foreign Language Film is a gentle and comedically nuanced exercise in mourning from Japan.
Austin Chronicle  |  Marc Savlov  |  08-28-2009  |  Reviews

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

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.
The Portland Mercury  |  Marjorie Skinner  |  07-02-2009  |  Reviews

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