In a Japan where the sense of community and family has been degraded, the elderly live increasingly alone and sometimes die without anyone noticing until the smell arrives. This is the story of two people who want to avoid the last loneliness. Without relatives or visitors, many of the older inhabitants spend weeks or even months in their small apartments without any apparent trace of their existence in the outside world. And, every year, some of them die without being known until the neighbors perceive the smell.

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