Three young women welcome their young half-sister into their lives in Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda’s gentle drama Our Little Sister.

Our Little Sister

At the funeral of their estranged father, three sisters meet their orphaned 14-year-old half-sister for the first time and spontaneously invite her to come and live with them, even though her presence stirs painful memories of the breakup of their family 15 years earlier.

Based on a graphic novel, but a world away from animated manga fantasy, Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda’s gentle drama Our Little Sister evokes the spirit of post-war master Yasujiro Ozu with its subtle revelation of character.

And as the seasons turn in their quiet seaside town, Kore-ada’s careful observation of the everyday details of the women’s lives slowly gets under your skin and proves quietly moving.

Certificate PG. Runtime 127 mins. Director Hirokazu Kore-eda

Our Little Sister is released on Blu-ray, DVD & On Demand by Curzon Artificial Eye.