The first of Ozu's film's I've watched, I Was Born But... has some truly universal, and at times, sad messages about the nature of life under the authoritative pressures to submission in modern society. Its commentary seems cleverly layered within the narrative of film as the art of the industrial, suburban society it portrays. And of course, it's a humorous silent comedy as well. All in all, touching and true.
Apunta en inicio a la simple rutina de dos hermanos y su relación con un nuevo contexto que observan con recelo o hasta hostilidad. Ya luego se convierte en una sublevación rebelde. "He nacido..." sutilmente va fabricando una historia sobre las dinámicas del poder. Los niños que humillan a fin de ganarse el respeto del resto. Esto genera el conflicto con el padre, jefe de alguien, y la frustración personal se libera
I love the way Ozu slowly reveals the essence of this film, which relates to the generational gap present in the majority of Ozu's work. The film is cyclical with the same path taken each day to school. Each time revealing something new, like a new behavior or new outlook on life. The train gates always come down, and the train always rumbles by, but the boys and their father change, age, and grow.
Combining the subtle hijinks of The Little Rascal w/ a poignant look at fathers, sons, & all the complexities that come with their relationship to one another. Ozu proves himself a master of subtle comedy with his minor use of inter titles, excellent editing, and little moments of humor that stick with you.