Autumn Adagio

  • 70'
  • Japan
  • 2009
The protagonist is a Catholic nun, Sister Maria. The actress Shibakusa Rei plays the role of the nun more than convincingly. Shibakusa is not really a professional actress, even though she previously played in films by Inoue Tsuki. She was originally a musician. When the nun plays organ in the church, that is also the actress herself playing, just as later in the film on the piano.
Sister Maria had come to terms with her life as a nun, until she became rather confused at about the age of forty and discovered her emotions and sexuality after all.
It is autumn and in quick succession she meets three different men. The first man only really annoys her, but that annoyance seems to release something in her. An attractive dancer then asks her to play the piano accompaniment during his ballet lessons. When he asks her to play with more emotion, the next shell is taken from her cocoon. And then there is a Christ-like gardener who has given up faith in people.
Step by step, the nun allows more and more emotions into her life. The film maker also follows her in that step by step. Last year, she showed in Rotterdam the energetic The Woman Who Is Beating the Earth (which earned her at Yubari the prize money with which she was able to make this film), but for this story she chose a different and more thoughtful style, that better suits the hidden emotions.



Director
Inoue Tsuki
Premiere
International premiere
Country of production
Japan
Production Year
2009
Festival Edition
IFFR 2010
Length
70'
Medium
HDcam
Original title
Fuwaku no Adagio
Language
Ladakhi
Producer
Inoue Tsuki
Sales
Dongyu Club Inc.
Screenplay
Inoue Tsuki
Cinematography
Omori Yohei
Editor
Inoue Tsuki
Music
Shibakusa Rei
Cast
Shibakusa Rei