May 18, 2017 AFTER THE STORM (JPN, subtitled, NR) 4 PM and 7 PM
Director: Hirokazu Kore-eda Cast: Hiroshi Abe, YÔko Maki, TaiyÔ Yoshizawa Running time: 117 min
Dwelling on his past glory as a prize-winning author, Ryota wastes the money he makes as a private detective on gam-bling and can barely pay child support. After the death of his father, his charmingly cranky mother and beautiful ex-wife seem to be moving on with their lives. Renewing contact with his initially distrusting family, Ryota struggles to take back control of his existence and to find a lasting place in the life of his young son - until a typhoon on a summer night offers them all a chance to truly bond again. Smart, witty and wonderfully observed, After the Storm is at once both surprisingly funny and achingly melancholic. A quiet ode to the joy and complexities of family life.