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Ratings & Reviews

  1. Ethan's rating of the film There Was a Father

    Ozu really understood how to make films about family and the sacrifices that go along with it and do it in such an intimate manner that really sucks in the viewer.

  2. FISCHER's rating of the film There Was a Father

    Délicate et fine introspection d'un timide rapport familial inabouti et bancal, entre lourdes absences et non-dits permanents. Une éloquente et précieuse radiographie intimiste dont le grand Yasujiro Ozu s'est fait une spécialité... www.cinefiches.com

  3. Alexander Dunkelberger's rating of the film There Was a Father

    About as good as the Only Son, maybe even a little better.

  4. Lorna Singh's rating of the film There Was a Father

    An early Ozu. Slowly and simply told story of a widower making sacrifices for hos son's education. Hardly any mention of the war and the theme of self sacrifice and doing one's duty is very prominent.

  5. Aardsy's rating of the film There Was a Father

    Heartfelt near-classic.

  6. HSBilly's rating of the film There Was a Father

    chisu ryu is always convincing when playing a father or an old man. well i guess age is just a number.

  7. Ozu_Teapot's rating of the film There Was a Father

  8. "O" Luís Miranda's rating of the film There Was a Father

  9. azoulay's rating of the film There Was a Father

    Tout tombe juste, élégance, discrétion, poésie, propos universel, jeux d'acteur parfais comme toujours chez Ozou et pourtant un regret, l'absence de personnage de femme, rend le film trop moraliste, rien ne brise l'avancée mécanique du propos, dommage...

  10. cyrikelly's rating of the film There Was a Father

    C'est beau l'amour d'un père! Merci M. OZU.

  11. Clarisse Lemaitre's rating of the film There Was a Father

    Touchant, émouvant, à voir tout simplement de par la noblesse de la caméra fidèle au cinéma d'Ozu, et ces rapports entre les hommes si simples en apparence et pourtant si complexes.... Merci encore Mubi pour nous faire (re-)découvrir ces chefs d'oeuvre du cinéma.

  12. La Boracherie's rating of the film There Was a Father

    " C'est le meilleur moment de ma vie"

  13. Bonnet Michel's rating of the film There Was a Father

  14. Stevie's rating of the film There Was a Father

    Perhaps Chishu Ryu's best performance in an Ozu film. Very nice stuff all in all.

  15. Wasunan T's rating of the film There Was a Father

    reminds me of my father.

  16. WhatsUpWill's rating of the film There Was a Father

    "It was the best week of my life." :'(

  17. Howard Orr's rating of the film There Was a Father

    Due to being made in wartime, it is markedly more sombre than most Ozu films, stressing individual sacrifice for the common good. However, all the Ozu trademarks are presen, and in its portrayal of filial loyalty it is in effect a dry run for the mighty Noriko Trilogy.

  18. Lynch/Fellini's rating of the film There Was a Father

    Ozu is amongst the greatest filmmakers to ever live, this is further proof!

  19. David Gonzalez's rating of the film There Was a Father

  20. mardou's rating of the film There Was a Father

    das coisas mais belas que já vi em todos os tempos.

  21. AKFilmFan's rating of the film There Was a Father

    Light propaganda meets father/son drama in this touching and serene Ozu film about duty, separation, and failure. A close but different counterpart to The Only Son.

  22. Drew Millay's rating of the film There Was a Father

    One of the best films ever created, beautiful and emotional filmmaking that hit me hard in the end.

  23. Stu Witmer's rating of the film There Was a Father

    How wonderful it is to have this early gem saved from the dustbin of cinema history. The print is in sad shape, but at least we have it! This interesting little wartime story of fathers & sons, teachers & students does not disappoint. (More on my wall)