When Kasumi Arimura is given an unexpected day off, she returns home to visit her mother, who delights in showing her famous daughter off to friends and neighbours. Playfully exploring the relationship between truth and fiction, this intimate domestic portrait is rich in detail, and – like so much of Kore-eda’s big screen work, from Still Walking and Our Little Sister to Shoplifters and The Truth – explores family dynamics with a perfectly-pitched balance of humour and humanity. This 45-minute episode is the first of an 8-part series that aired in Japan earlier in the year and provides a unique opportunity to discover the Palme d’Or-winning director’s television work, so rarely seen outside of his home country.
Production company “A DAY-OFF OF KASUMI ARIMURA” Partners
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