The Weald. 1997. Japan. Directed by Naomi Kawase. In Japanese; English subtitles. 73 min.
The elderly people living in the forest areas of the Yoshino Mountains and the village of Nishi-Yoshino are resilient loners. Kawase records them in their daily activities, revealing their humorous and frank philosophies about hard work, isolation, loneliness, and growing old. One woman dryly says, “Turn your camera off, being old is not entertaining.” Another adds philosophically, “The wind will blow, the future will come. Without suffering there is no happiness.”