"People are rivers, always ready to move from one state of being into another. It is not fair, to treat people as if they are finished beings. Everyone is always becoming and unbecoming."
"The worst nightmare would be not to achieve what I know I’m capable of."
Lydia Goldblatt, Still Here
The series conveys “the collapsing and suspension of time that occurs in the realization of our short span within it…. Time can speed up, rush towards conclusions, yet equally stop, languid and glittering with stillness.”
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"Yet there are moments when the walls of the mind grow thin; when nothing is unabsorbed, and I could fancy that we might blow so vast a bubble that the sun might set and rise in it and we might take the blue of midday and the black of midnight and be cast off and escape from here and now."
I have been so happy these days. It feels so amazing to be important to the same people who loves you back. For so long I have been with friends, who didn’t consciously make me sad, but who just wasn’t conscious enough about how I am. I was never that much in their minds, in the same way they were in mine. I am so grateful for the people I have now. It makes a world of a difference, and it changes your life.
There was one scene that really killed me, and that’s the one where Ryota’s looking through the camera and realizes that his son has been photographing him while he’s sleeping. That felt so strongly to me as a recognition for the first time that someone truly loves you and wants to capture that admiration they see you with and hold onto it. And here, it was Ryota’s realization of the immense love from his son, which reminded me of in After Life when Takashi says that he realized for the first time he was a part of someone else’s happiness.
Oh, I just noticed that now!
In After Life, he also says that he never really lets himself become vulnerable and yes, those two characters actually felt very much related for me.
Oh, that’s very interesting! However, the camera scene was really based on my actual experience. It’s something that happened to me recently, and I was taken aback by it. While I didn’t realize it, my daughter has taken these pictures and had this view of me. It was my first time encountering that view of myself, and I wanted to let it be depicted in the film as well. So it didn’t connect to After Life consciously, but when you said that it makes sense now. That sentiment in them is the same.
Hirokazu Kore-eda on His Heartbreaking New Film ‘Like Father, Like Son’
"Do you also believe that what gives our lives their meaning is the passion that suddenly invades us heart, soul, and body, and burns in us forever, no matter what else happens in our lives? And that if we have experienced this much, then perhaps we haven’t lived in vain? Is passion so deep and terrible and magnificent and inhuman? Is it indeed about desiring any one person, or is it about desiring desire itself?"
"…the loneliness of the human soul is unendurable…"