The Lone Ume Tree (梅切らぬバカ), dir. Kotaro Wajima, Japan 2021, 77 min., Japanese with English subtitles, PG
Reaching middle-age, Tadao (Muga Tsukaji) has always lived at home with his fortune-teller single mother Tamako (Mariko Kaga), owing to his autism. Attending local community workshops and pursuing his love of horses is the only life he knows. Tamako, who raised Tadao almost single-handedly, is now worried about what his future holds after her death and decides to send Tadao to a group home for disabled residents so he can live independently. However, his transition into a new life is not as smooth as she had hoped.
With disability rarely represented in mainstream media, director Kotaro Wajima captures the strength and vitality of a mother and her disabled son with great sensitivity and notes of humour, while not shying away from the problems, prejudices, and conflicts faced by disadvantaged people and their families in Japan.
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