AUTUMN ADAGIO

By Tsuki INOUE

DONGYU CLUB - as SALES All rights, World

Drama - Completed 2009

Adagios played by a nun at forty: Inoue dynamically shows the “moment” of a woman expressing emotions physically

    • Year of production
    • 2009
    • Genres
    • Drama
    • Countries
    • JAPAN
    • Languages
    • JAPANESE
    • Duration
    • 70 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Tsuki INOUE
    • Writer(s)
    • Tsuki INOUE
    • Synopsis
    • The melancholy spring began with voices of adults congratulate her. Now fall is coming with a perfect silence—she says nothing, nobody notices about it, but she reaches the fall all by herself. A leaf tinged scarlet means it is just before it falls. In an old chapel and a resounded hymn, innocent fingers play music regularly on the monochrome keyboards. A nun plays a reed organ: she has just turned to forty.
      Never to look back the past nor imagine the future, she has only given her life to God for forty years.
      When she turns to forty, she knows the aging is coming.
      She is facing with the menopause, the calmness.
      As her body has changed with dizzy rapidity, she starts to feel something she has never felt before. What is this emptiness she feels? She has nothing to worry about at this time, doesn’t she? However, as she starts wondering, she becomes aware of her grief over her sex and begins to question how she lives—if she has actually saved people and fulfilled her duty as a nun.
      Days pass and her order collapses, she meets three males: a middle-aged man who attends Mass every week and asks her for an advice about a girl he likes; a beautiful young man who lives in the classic ballet world; and a gardener who has given up believing people.
      She opens up her doors to instincts as if she goes back to her pubescence by knowing the three men. She struggles, suffers, and tries to find who she really is.
      If a flower is rotten away, it dies but the seed falls and waits for the spring to come in the dark.
      She plays the organ every single week.
      Soon the sound of hymn becomes a song and the disciplined melody becomes music.
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