After the death of his wife, a man struggles to raise his son in nearly overwhelming poverty. When the father meets a beautiful young woman, the son becomes jealous of his father’s attentions, and conflict arises between them.
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This starts off rather like Ozu's earlier silent comedy Fighting Friends but develops into more of a tragi-comedy focusing on a father-son relationship, a precursor to his later family centered dramas.
A very straight forward narrative with endearing and kinda hopeless characters... and oh yeah, it's a silent film that doesn't feel like silent film at all. The acting is so far ahead of its time, very naturalistic. Ozu really sees through to the truth, without judging it too harshly. This film is both hilarious and sad, but not in an too-weighty kind of way. I loved it.
Ozu couldn't make the images "speak" the way Murnau or some other great Silent filmmakers did and compensated it by the excessive intertitles. I Was Born, But... was a masterpiece, but the cinema of Ozu can only be utilized with talkies
Lo que parece ser un melodrama, o hasta un triángulo amoroso, termina por pasar a segundo plano para abrir paso a la historia de un padre en edad madura, aunque con una inexperiencia pronunciada. "Passing fancy" narra la historia de un padre en contínuo aprendizaje. Ozu repite el plato sobre la frustración de un hijo ante la conformidad que observa en el padre. El drama estalla sin embargo ambos aprenden y se aman.
Mixing together well-crafted comedy, father-son drama, and a romantic triangle, this isn't Ozu's best silent film (that's probably I Was Born, But…). But this is still very funny and touching dramedy definitely shows Ozu's prowess at silent filmmaking.