Grief doesn’t have a sell-by date, not really. Decades after a loss, the absence is still felt, the memories remain. And how much worse if the death was sudden and accidental? How can you ever forget — or forgive those who were to blame?
That is the question posed by Atsushi Funahashi’s “Sakura Namiki no Mankai no Shita ni (Cold Bloom),” which was selected for this year’s Berlin International Film Festival’s Forum section, Funahashi’s fourth film to screen at one of the world’s Big Three festivals — and the friendliest to his type of dark, serious art film.
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