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Ittetsu Nemoto, a former punk-turned- Buddhist-priest in Japan, has made a career out of helping suicidal people find reasons to live. But this work has come increasingly at the cost of his own family and health, as he refuses to draw lines between those he counsels and himself. The Departure captures Nemoto at a crossroads, when his growing self-destructive tendencies lead him to confront the same question his patients ask him: what makes life worth living?

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Nov 2, 2017

The Departure is an excellent example of a filmmaker finding a perfect wavelength with her main character.

Metacritic review by David Lewis
David Lewis
San Francisco Chronicle
Oct 27, 2017

In its poetic portrait of a man whose quest to help others has cost him dearly both emotionally and physically, The Departure proves quietly profound.

Metacritic review by Frank Scheck
Frank Scheck
The Hollywood Reporter
Oct 12, 2017

An intimate, deeply felt engagement with profound matters of life and death.

Metacritic review by Allan Hunter
Allan Hunter
Screen International