This Academy Award winning film will give you a new perspective on death and on what gives life meaning. Daigo has just lost his position as a cellist in an orchestra and retreats to the country with his wife. He applies for a job in “departures” thinking it involves travel planning. Instead he has been offered the task of preparing the dead for cremation, but desperation forces him to accept. He receives criticism from those around him, but finds honor and pride in his new career.
Departures is a beautiful film, displaying the rituals of death with grace while allowing us to see the humor of Daigo’s transformation.