Synopsis by Eleanor Mannikka
Unlike the visually evocative Proshchaniye ("Farewell") by Russian director Elem Klimov, this film about a remote village that is going to be submerged when a dam is completed is a straightforward narration. Director Seijiro Koyama tells the story of a multi-generational family living in an old mountain home about to go under water when a major dam is put into operation. The daughter-in-law in the family cares for the grandfather with understanding and kindness (he imagines his deceased wife is still there, and talks to her), knowing that both the history of this family and the old traditions are doomed to succumb to the pending encroachment of "progress."
dam-disaster, destruction, family-strife, granddaughter, grandfather, homestead, tradition