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  1. FISCHER's rating of the film Sound of the Mountain

    Réjouissante réalisation d'un metteur en scène nippon essentiel ! www.cinefiches.com

  2. Aardsy's rating of the film Sound of the Mountain

    How can people these days do such awful things?

  3. Paul Narvaez's rating of the film Sound of the Mountain

    More affairs, more abortions, more Setsuko Hara, more Mikio Naruse.

  4. Lynch/Fellini's rating of the film Sound of the Mountain

  5. Jason's rating of the film Sound of the Mountain

    Another of those glorious blighted-marriage-going-nowhere-but-with-a-fading-glint-of-hope Naruse movies ... and another one featuring Setsuko Hara. She is the best actress of the pull between opening up and concealing. She constructs an interiority w/ peerless finesse. Naruse is like Fassbinder in that it is hard to pinpoint any particular masterpiece as the films are all so much of a piece. Sad but consoling. Truth.

  6. John Baldwin's rating of the film Sound of the Mountain

    This is one of my favorite Naruses. This film shows why Ozu and Kurosawa so greatly respected Naruse. Setsuko is wonderful (as always) and the relationship between her character and the father-in-law played by So Yamamura is incredibly moving. I would recommend this as an introduction for those unfamiliar with the director who would like to explore his work.

  7. waywardwaters's rating of the film Sound of the Mountain

    Quietude and small indications mount past the foreground of a falling marriage, proposing an "unobstructed view" of sexual repression. Naruse’s anti-Ozu subversion provides a clandestine option of interpretation in the nuance of undercurrent deviancy, as the noh mask of childlike kindness ensconces a deprived thirst within. “If one takes great pains to create a vista, one can see hidden depths.”

  8. kit duckworth's rating of the film Sound of the Mountain

    !!!! could easily see this compared to late spring but less simple, less like a knife cutting through apple skin. kindness creates problems, people are victims of each other (victims can also be perpetrators), all of us are on the side of breathtaking tenderness, even the right thing can cause pain

  9. Ramona Arsene's rating of the film Sound of the Mountain

    This is a 4.5 because it lacked some of my favourite moments. Somehow, I felt this story would look better in colour, it is so vivid when read. Setsuko Hara crying is one of the most heart-wrenching sights in cinema.

  10. Howard Orr's rating of the film Sound of the Mountain

    A very interesting film, because it posits the idea that the "good" and "nice" people in a film (here Kikuko and Shingo) can be unintenionally troublesome to other characters (like Shuichi), who at first glance -but only at that level- appear "bad" and "cruel". It's a dichotomy that can be applied to many other films, and is a kind of schema -here done so well- that has really entirely changed how I look at films.

  11. apexa's rating of the film Sound of the Mountain

    A bit of an oddity for Naruse to focus at the heart of the story on a man but a real gem in his oeuvre all the same.

  12. Daniel S.'s rating of the film Sound of the Mountain

    A flawless and incontestable masterpiece. Mikio Naruse masters the subtleties of sad smiles and soulful gazes between an old man and his daughter-in-law. Indispensable. A DVD zone your library.