Little Chie knows that her sister, 3 year-old Itsuki, is unlike her. Chie’s uncle, Mitsuo, is also unusual. Suntanned and adorned in a rustic-looking floppy hat he couldn’t look less like Chie’s neat and respectable father. But Chie is overjoyed when Mitsuo walks back into their lives, having spent three years in a mental institution, and Mitsuo, overwhelmed with emotion, dotes on his two little nieces. This brief harmony is short lived. Frustrated by her little sister, Chie drops her, causing fatal injuries. Unable to allow his niece to take the blame, Mitsuo claims responsibility, shouldering all the condemnation that ensues.

Told in illusive segments with the majority of the drama happening off screen, «The Sower» is an effortlessly haunting tale of sacrifice and penance. Shot in dusky, sun dappled half-light and at a low angle, Takeuchi shows the world through Chie’s pensive eyes as she struggles with her guilt about her sister’s death.

The Sower poster
Title
The Sower
Director
Yosuke Takeuchi
Country
Japan
Length
116 min
Festival
2016
Section
Discovery
Language
Japanese, English
Subtitle
English subtitles
Premiere status
Nordic Premiere
Production year
2016
Cast
Kentaro Kishi, Sozuno Takenaka, Tomumitso Adachi
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