Nominated for six Japanese Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Script, Best Actress, and Best Supporting Actress.
Rie Miyazawa plays Futaba, a cheerful woman whose family owns a bath-house – now out of business. When her husband (Joe Odagiri) ran away a year ago, she switched to part time job to support their daughter (Hana Sugisaki). One day, she hears the horrifying verdict: she has no more than 2 months left. When the initial shock passes, she decides what she must do in this limited time. She brings back her husband (now with a second daughter of his own), revives the bathhouse business, and helps her delicate daughter to deal with her issues. She brings her patchwork family closer together, and soon they come to terms with their mother’s condition and decide to say their farewells with the same amount of love. (Film description from Arama Japan)
Articles and Reviews
Actress Rie Miyazawa gives a heart-wrenching performance in Her Love Boils Bathwater as a terminally ill matriarch determined to reconcile her splintered family in her last remaining weeks. Balancing the impending tragedy with gentle humor and a procession of quirky ancillary characters, the film showcases an impressive collection of strong female characters and bold performances."