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Autumn Adagio

Written & Directed by Tsuki Inoue
  • DC International Film Festival 2010
  • Raindance Film Festival 2010
  • Rome International Film Festival 2010
  • Jecheon International Music & Film Festival 2010
  • Singapore International Film Festival 2010
  • International Film Festival Rotterdam 2010 – Tiger Award Competition –

40-year-old nun plays Adagios: Director Tsuki Inoue dynamically shows the “moment” at which a woman physically expresses emotions. Official Selection for 2010 International Film Festival Rotterdam, Tiger Award Competition.


A nun plays a reed organ: she has just turned forty. Never looking back at the past or imagining the future, she has given her life to God for forty years. When she turns to forty, she knows the old age is coming. She is facing the menopause, the calmness. As her body has changed with dizzy rapidity, she starts to feel something she has never felt before. She starts wondering, she becomes aware of her grief over her sexuality and begins to question how she lives—if she has actually saved people and fulfilled her duty as a nun. Days pass and her order collapses, she meets three males: a middle-aged man who attends Mass every week and asks her for an advice about a girl he likes; a beautiful young man who lives in the classic ballet world; and a gardener who has given up believing in people. She opens up her doors to instincts as if she had returned to her pubescence by knowing the three men. She struggles, suffers, and tries to find her identity.

Director's Profile : Tsuki Inoue

Born 1974. Graduated from the Dept. of Painting of Musashino Art Univ. She studied film making at the New Cinema Workshop. The 2008 Yubari Film Festival Grand Prix winning film The Woman Who is Beating the Earth ('08) has been invited to many film festivals including Dubai Int’l F.F. ('09) and The International F.F. Rotterdam('10). Autumn Adagio is Tsuki’s first feature film.


Rei Shibakusa, Chihiro Nishijima
© Tsuki Inoue 2010


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