After a long and unsuccessful struggle to get pregnant, and convinced by the discourse of an adoption association, Satoko and her husband decide to adopt a baby boy. A few years later, their parenthood is shaken by a threatening unknown girl, Hikari, who pretends to be the child’s biological mother. Satoko decides to confront Hikari directly.
Presented at Toronto and San Sebastián film festivals.
Naomi Kawase, Izumi Takahashi
Yuta Tsukinaga, Naoki Sakakibara
Tina Baz, Yoichi Shibuya
Arata Iura, Miyoko Asada, Hiroko Nakajima, Hiromi Nagasaku, Taketo Tanaka
Born in Nara, Japan, she studied at the Osaka School of Photography. Naomi made her directorial debut with Embracing (1992), a documentary short about the search for her father, who left during her youth. She also directed feature films such as Suzaku (1997), winner of the Caméra d’Or award at the Cannes Film Festival; Shara (2003); The Mourning Forest (2007, 32nd Mostra), winner of the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes; Hanezu (2011, 35th Mostra); Still the Water (2014, 38th Mostra); An (2015), winner of Audience Award to the Best Foreign Fiction at the 39th Mostra; Radiance (2017, 41st Mostra) and Vision (2018).