Our Little Sister tells the story of that revolves around three sisters who live in their grandmother’s home and the arrival of their thirteen-year-old half sister.
This quaint Japanese language film is something that won’t be for everyone. It advances slowly and many audiences may bore of it, especially since the logical development of the story as compared to that of a typical structure isn’t exactly clear. This, however, wasn’t an issue for myself and hopefully others will find the same – there is sympathy to be had for each sister in the story thats being told.
The family trauma of three of the sisters being abandoned by their mother after their father left left for another woman and being raised by their grandparents until they passed away. Previous to the film’s beginnings, they three girls have been looking after themselves for seven years when they catch word of their father’s passing and attend the funeral to meet their half sister in which they invite to live with them.
The atmosphere of the films setting, Kamakura, first perfectly with the story the film is trying to tell, providing a luscious and tranquil background to hold the characters. The house the four sisters live in is an older Japanese house with wooden floors, a porch, and plum tree, representing a traditional setting with respectful modern owners. It almost makes you want to go and experience the location for yourself to get away.
Death is a repeated theme within the film despite it’s beautiful setting that reveals itself on more than one occasion outside of their father’s funeral with their grandmother and neighbour’s death’s mentioned. The eldest of the sisters, Sachi, job is to work in the terminal care ward to face death daily. Dealing with death in films has always been a fine line and something to approach with caution. It shows death as something that’s not to be afraid of or sad about but as something to remind us of how to fully live.
The home-cooked meals make me wish I was living back at home with my family as we would gather around the table for dinner to enjoy the presence of each other’s company. It’s a very warm and humanistic film that shows us the true meaning of family and how important it is.