Coming to theatres today, Friday, October 13:
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A Japanese priest who works as a suicide counselor must deal with the burden of his mission.
Former punk rocker-turned-Zen Buddhist priest Ittetsu Nemoto runs a one-man suicide prevention hotline. Called upon day and night by desperate people, Nemoto finds purpose in his calling, but he increasingly has little time for his wife or young son. When counseling those who reach out to him, he asks them to write down the people, things, and dreams they cherish most, then has them destroy each one in turn, to provide a tangible sense of what dying would take away from them. When he faces his own mortality via a health crisis, Nemoto must weigh what he too is willing to give up. Though a quiet, smaller project, Wilson’s affecting film carries a profound message about mortality, suffering, and sacrifice.