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298 Ratings



Directed by Mikio Naruse
Japan, 1951


About a white-collar worker and his wife who, after a few years of marriage prepare to break up. A detailed & delicate study in relationships.

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Repast Directed by Mikio Naruse

Critics reviews

Naruse’s first movie from a novel by Fumiko Hayashi, and a success that restored his status in the film industry, REPAST is a perplexing, dense, contemplative work.
June 06, 2016
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  • Jason's rating of the film Repast

    We really need to start insisting it be understood that Mikio Naruse is not just as important a filmmaker as Ozu, but equally a master of form. He is merely less ostentatious in this regard. He is perhaps one of the truly great masters of fluid montage. Everything glides along, but does so at the hand of a rigorous methodology. Setsuko Hara possesses unreal power in her ability to register the putrefaction of dreams.

  • Marcus Killerby's rating of the film Repast

    Seemingly unironically declares that a woman should find happiness in domestic simplicity. The compositions are nice but uninteresting and the character developments are flippant. After watching this and, the albeit preferable and far superior, When A Woman Ascends The Stairs I'm losing the joyous hope of discovering a Mizoguchi, Ozu or Kobayashi in Naruse.

  • Catherine Abecassis's rating of the film Repast

    toute la sensibilité de cet artiste Naruse, au service d'une grande cause.. celle des foyers.. une histoire de raison qui se transforme en amour.. l'histoire des femmes japonaises n'est pas éloignée de la nôtre...

  • nuno q's rating of the film Repast

    Though at a first glance Michiyo seems to be just another of Naruse's trapped women, I really enjoyed how this portrayal of a seemingly doomed marriage played with our expectations regarding melodrama, but also the realistic depiction of Japan in the aftermath of the war. Naruse has a great eye for the everyday detail as a means of describing a character (pay attention to Hatsunosuke’s shoes).

  • Jdsarmientoburgos's rating of the film Repast

    An ambiguous conclusion to a rather stellar film. Naruse doesn't quite have the cinematic power of some of my other favorite Japanese directors, but his way of telling stories is worth investigating. There's beauty and humor in this film.

  • Hup-lá's rating of the film Repast

    Lo que parecía un interesante estudio crítico sobre la mujer en el plano doméstico, en el que la monotonía y el aburrimiento impotente es la constante, culmina en una triste regresión hacia la “domesticación feliz”, la “felicidad” de una mujer casada. Sin embargo, aquí Naruse retrata sutilmente una sociedad japonesa envuelta en la pobreza y en la falta de oportunidades para cualquiera: desesperanza y desolación.

  • Hyldre's rating of the film Repast

    Une envie de liberté, d'autre chose, pour la jeune femme au foyer qu'interprète Setsuko Hara (toujours aussi splendide) quand elle voit sa jeune nièce arriver chez elle et perturber son couple. Cette dernière est un justificatif pour partir. C'est un film sur la recherche d'une autre possibilité de vie, d'un doute, d'une remise en question, qui aboutira à un renoncement déchirant.

  • kit duckworth's rating of the film Repast

    the framing of setusko hara's relentless background labor was smart. beneath the domestic drama, shows that people will take advantage if that is the line of best fit. unburdeners can become burdens etc etc. of course no matter the situation women are the unburdeners (of men, of each other)

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