Malila: The Farewell Flower

Malila: The Farewell Flower ★★★★½

A lot of emotions in this one, and the stark contrast between the gentleness and melancholy of the first half and the discomfort and fear of the second half are so strong. You really fall in love with every moment of the first half and when you see them totally changed as Shane seeks Buddhism it really makes the gentle breezes and love of nature from the first half feel like haunting ghosts. It’s beautiful but tragic all at once, and I just really found myself captivated by the arc of the story.