Movie Review: 'They say nothing stays the same' is a cinematic treat that discusses life and time
'They say nothing stays the same' depicts the life of Toichi, an old boatman who has been ferrying people for most of his life. As the name of the movie suggests, the director Joe Odagiri carefully follows the society's transition to modernity. Time and change are the major themes of the movie.
Toichi and his boat will no longer be of use to anyone if the construction of the bridge is completed. Yet he is happy for his villagers as it would make their lives much easier. Toichi is one of the few people who would be left out while others were planning to embrace modernity.
The filmmaker shows us how the world around was starting to look down upon him and yet Toichi tried to resist any sort of change. This changed quickly when a new character enters his life.
Christopher Doyle's cinematography is beautiful despite not being too flashy. In fact, the movie takes the audience to a meditative space thanks to its masterful camera work, along with the fantastic editing and performances. Despite time being a major theme in the movie, the period in which the movie was set remains ambiguous throughout. But judging by the costumes of the actors it is placed in 20th century.
'They say nothing stays the same' is a visual treat. Technically, this is as good a movie as one would find this year despite being a bit too long.