I am mortified. I have always thought that encapsulating a film in one paragraph saying what it is about is bound to misrepresent the film. And I have fallen in the trap with the Lebanese film Where do we go now? To redeem myself I will just say: ‘ Go and See it and talk about it with your friends to appreciate all the issues that arise in this irreverent film’.
Yesterday’s film was Dendera (2011). Directed by Imamura’s son its starting point is the end point of his father’s great film the Ballad of Narayama (1983). We had seen this last film in our women’s group. It was one of the rare times that attitudes to death were discussed in this group of older women. While in the Imamura film the women are taken willingly to the mountain to freeze to death, in Dendera the women survive and form a community under the leadership of a 100 years old woman only to be decimated by natural disasters. It is worth seeing this poorly conceptualised and executed film for its basic idea of challenging the Ballad of Narayama.