Sentaro runs a small bakery that serves dorayaki pastries filled with sweet red bean paste (“an”). When an old lady, Tokue, offers to help in the kitchen he reluctantly accepts. She will soon prove to have magic in her hands…
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Screw it - this film IS on the same level as an old Gosho or Shimazu classic. It's both reserved and emotionally heavy at the same time. Kawase seems to get a similiar type of treatment to Joanna Hogg ... if they were male, they would be considered geniuses.
Reserved and yet so giving, melacholic but filled with positive end notes; Kawase's film embodied the peacefulness of cherry trees, representing the inevitable cycle of blossoming and decay and death, without the western fatality but with a soft, hopeful, acceptance and a reminder to enjoy youth and life and surroundings through the voice of Tokue.
A sympathetic movie, but if this “old-woman-sharing-wisdoms-of-life”-story was made anywhere but in Japan I most likely wouldn’t have managed to sit through it. Yet there is this type of naivety that works strangely well in Japanese cinema. Perhaps it has to do with the humbleness or modesty that is reflected in their storytelling.
Quiet, subtle, very Japanese movie. It was wonderful and sad at times. I just love these kinds of movies a lot. they are relaxing and make you reflect at the same time. Made me want to go back to Japan!
Film che fa della leggerezza e delicatezza il proprio riferimento con risultati decisamente validi nella prima parte, dove ci regala una parabola morale in punta di piedi come un Aki Kaurismaki d'oriente, per perdersi un po' nella seconda, quando i temi della malattia (con risvolti di denuncia sociale) e della morte prendono il sopravvento, increspando un'acqua che doveva rimanere piana per riuscire al meglio