The most cheery of Ozu's masterpieces, which means that comedy makes time for tragedy rather than the other way around. Tears of joy, and I count at least ten(!!) shots where the camera moves. 5 out of 5 stars.
After watching this film, I grew a different appreciation for Ozu. I got the sense that he really connected with Setsuko Hara's character and wonder if he was a feminist at heart, not unlike Hayao Miyazaki.
It's like something that I've never experienced before. The climax seems to happen 40 minutes before the movie ends, when Noriko accepts she wants to marry. A sentimental feeling is present and sustained for the following forty minutes until everyone gets to express how they feel. Then, it just ends, without actually resolving any issues, but leaving us with the lingering feeling that everything will be fine.
In my sojourn through Ozu-san's work, it has been difficult to pick a favourite, as it seems like there is one for how I feel at different points in my life. Right now this has to be it, having seen my fair share, it almost feels like a culmination of what I've seen of his. From the opening shot to its closing moments, it just felt special. A lot of the scenes with the kids were laugh-out loud funny, too. <',))(
Children who don't get what they want act like adults who get what they want. Ozu juxtaposes youthful materialism with (seemingly) mature traditionalism highlighting that values change, but people don't. Perceived needs distract us from actual needs, breed confusion and resentment, leave us tired and disappointed. And there's so much more to this brilliant film....