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東京物語 | Tōkyō Monogatari

Yasujirô Ozu Japonia, 1953

FilmEdie's rating of the film Tokyo Story

A culture, a family, shots, so composed, meticulous, static, restrained… Ozu presents a veneer so taut, so bulging with resonance that the poignancy can only burst out, through the cracks between images, in sudden little streams. Montage as emotional release, till the film is saturated with the quiet overflow of generations of feeling... No melodrama could be so deeply, insidiously affecting. Deserves all its praise.