What's wrong with the film, I suppose, is that it never reaches the heights; though there are crises, the tone stays on the same mild domestic level from first to last, so it never achieves the quiet devastation of the director's best works. But it is perhaps his most detailed and nuanced delineation of the character of the unhappy family.
Family financial and emotion troubles mounting within a household, with Hideko Takamine (dealing with a cheating husband) who falls for a handsome banker, Toshiro Mifune. The film is so beautifully peaceful, despite the anguish, and finds an impending emotional resolve in a sequence inside a tea rooms in the rain with Takamine, and Mifune realising their love, which you know will never happen. A sad and lovely film.