The people materialize from out of clear white light, as a bell tolls. Where are they? In an ordinary building they are greeted by staff members who explain, courteously, that they have died, and are now at a way-station before the next stage of their experience. Their assignment is to choose one memory, one only, from their lifetimes: One memory they want to save for eternity. That is the premise of Hirokazu Kore-eda’s “After Life,” a film that reaches out gently and challenges us: What is the single moment in our own lives we treasure the most? As the clients sort through their memories, ”After Life” becomes a quiet, extraordinarily moving and sometimes funny meditation on the meaning and value of life.
Drama/ Fantasy, Japan