Mogari No Mori (2007) can be seen as somewhat of a bookend to director Naomi Kawase's debut, Suzuka. Both films deal with loss, memory, and the redemptive spirit of humans. Both films are resplendent in the natural beauty of her native Nara prefecture. Again the cinematography is mesmerizing in the ability to capture the beauty of this untrammeled region. This haunting film won the Grand Prize at the 2007 Cannes film festival. It is about a woman, Machiko (Machiko Ono who had her debut in Suzuka) working at a retirement home after having recently had her child die and which her husband holds her responsible. She is the main caretaker of a senile 70 year old, Shigeki (an amazing nuanced performance by non actor Shigeki Uda). Shigeki is still mourning the death of his wife, Mako, 33 years earlier. They go out for a drive and have car trouble and end up having an intense two nights out in the woods in which they are drawn closer together and release the pain and suffering of their losses in nature.