They spend their time doing stuff, however inexpertly, rather than sitting around watching other people do stuff.
The total effect is to create a general sense of confusion and unease, even before the first ghostly elements make their presence known.
To Pauline and Juliet, this impending separation feels exactly like the end of the world.
The final scene is a celebration of the joy of cycling, of being young, and of knowing there are still good things in life worth treasuring.
If you can read between the lines, there’s an extra layer in the story that makes the whole film just that much more satisfying.
Ingmar Bergman was a huge fan of this film—and do you really think you know better than him?
Japanese life is portrayed as a mix of sometimes clashing cultures, with characters each finding their own ways to reconcile Japanese traditions with modern Western values.