Hosoda returns to the theme of time travel, this time as a way to teach his young protagonist valuable lessons from his family tree. As four-year-old Kun grows tired of the attention his parents lavish on his newborn sister, Mirai, he encounters her future self in a mystical garden outside the family’s gorgeous modernist home. Annoyed at her older brother’s cruelty towards her infant self, she takes him on a Capra-esque adventure through their family’s history, showing him the little moments that led to his own existence in the hope of teaching him to cope with living with a baby sister. A touching meditation on the passage of time and the foundations of family, Mirai debuted at the Cannes-adjacent Directors’ Fortnight to great acclaim for its stunning visuals and nuanced depiction of the complexities of living within a shared household and history.
Age recommendation: 8+
Directed by Mamoru Hosoda. With Moka Kamishiraishi, Haru Kuroki, Gen Hoshino
Japan 2018, DCP, color, 98 min. Japanese with English subtitles
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