Horigai is more than eager to finish her college career and begin her new job at a child welfare center in her hometown. She splits her time between working quality control at a factory, rushing to complete school assignments, and staying occupied at home with quirky projects. When she’s about to fail a key exam, she begs a fellow student named Inogi for her notes. They strike up an awkward friendship at first, but after the sudden death of a friend, Horigai and Inogi’s friendship evolves, leading Inogi to share the secret of her tragic past. Horigai realizes she’s actually been willfully blind to the adult world and the deeper sadness experienced by those around her.
Ryohei Hoshino directs a deeply contemplative film about the secret lives people hide from one another to maintain an idyllic persona. Starring Yui Sakuma as Horigai and Nao as Inogi, ETERNALLY YOUNGER THAN THOSE IDIOTS approaches its subject matter with a necessary subtlety, insisting the audience pay attention to its details and explore the ways in which people can transform tragic circumstances into a sense of purpose and hope for the future.