When many people say Hirokazu Koreeda is a true artistic son of the Japanese master Yasujiro Ozu it might seem like one of those forced parallelisms film critics need to conjure in order to set a basis of communication with the reader. Nevertheless, there is, in many ways, a solid ground for that argument, if not only for his love of still camera work, allowing the characters to come in and out of screen as they see fit. And Koreeda is definitely interested the same themes as Ozu, more specifically, the deep exploration of family and the dynamics between children and parents throughout their lives, in extreme or mundane situations. Kiseki, or I Wish, is perhaps one of his lighter films, following the lives of two young brothers whose family nucleus is divided by their parents separation, both emotionally and physically. They try to rekindle and reunite what was lost through the means of a wish involving the lucky meeting between opposite trains now uniting their cities. This could very well be Koreeda’s most innocent premise, especially when compared with the desperate gloom of Nobody Knows and the quiet regrets of Still Walking, but it is not any less profound in the way it looks into the longing of these two brothers and their friends and their transition to a higher state consciousness towards themselves and the world, an essential part of growing up. A beautiful and innocent ‘little’ movie with so much to give.