Dear Etranger


Directed by: Yukiko Mishima
2017 / 127 minutes / MA


An honest and nuanced drama about step families

Screened as part of JFF 2017

Dear Etranger is a frank and humane portrait of step-families, one fraught with misunderstanding and emotional challenges.

Shinichi is a model father to his family, always quick to leave the office to spend time with his two step-daughters Kaoru and Eri. He never misses a catch-up day with his biological child Saori either. But when his wife announces she’s pregnant, the delicate balance is thrown off: Kaoru starts rebelling and, unfortunately, he loses his managerial post at work.

You won’t find picture-perfect families, the adults can be clumsy, and the adolescents are understandably unreasonable. While imperfect is one word to describe the characters, Director Yukiko Mishima gently reminds us that they are also regular people living regular lives. With an excellent cast led by Tadanobu Asano (Silenced, Harmonium, Journey to the Shore), Mishima tells a humane and nuanced story about family and relationships.

Audience warning: This film contains moderate themes with mild violence and moderate sex depicted.
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Director: Yukiko Mishima

Original Story: Kiyoshi Shigematsu

Screenplay: Haruhiko Arai

Producer: Morishige Aki and Toru Emori

Cast: Tadanobu Asano, Rena Tanaka, Minami Sara, Kamata Raiju and Miu Arai

Genre: Drama

Format: DCP colour