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Departures 

Directed by Yôjirô Takita (Regent)

So you need a job and you aren't sure what you want to do. You find this help-wanted ad for a company that deals in "departures." Sounds OK, right? Only it turns out that by "departures" they mean preparing dead bodies for burial, a ritual that is essential to perform, but shameful to be the one who does it. Your friends look down on you, your wife leaves you. Do you keep the job? Takita's 2009 Oscar winner is a touching and often hilarious portrait of a man who finds a connection to the living through the handling of their dead. Departures is an entertaining and rewarding film to watch, full of rich characters, situational comedy and lots of cello.

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