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Sweet Bean

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NAOMI KAWASE
Japan, France, Germany, 2015
113 minutes, Color
Official website

The title of Naomi Kawase's film—perhaps her best to date —refers to a red-bean paste used to fill the dorayaki pancakes served up by chef Sentaro at a tiny diner he manages with little enthusiasm. His mood is transformed after strangely insistent septuagenarian Tokue (Kirin Kiki) persuades him to take her on as his assistant. The results of her painstaking methods of making the bean paste soon attract new customers. Fortune is fickle, and Tokue, like Sentaro, harbors a secret. Sweet, light and leisurely, Kawase's film is a lyrical variation on the teacher-pupil stories beloved of Kurosawa, complete with reflections on how to live in harmony with nature. What gives the film heft is a revelatory development dealing with a shameful aspect of surprisingly recent Japanese history. The veteran Kiki's winning performance ensures that the two strands combine to moving effect.—London International Film Festival

In Japanese with English subtitles

Sweet Bean

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NAOMI KAWASE
Japan, France, Germany, 2015
113 minutes, Color
Official website

The title of Naomi Kawase's film--perhaps her best to date --refers to a red-bean paste used to fill the dorayaki pancakes served up by chef Sentaro at a tiny diner he manages with little enthusiasm. His mood is transformed after strangely insistent septuagenarian Tokue (Kirin Kiki) persuades him to take her on as his assistant. The results of her painstaking methods of making the bean paste soon attract new customers. Fortune is fickle, and Tokue, like Sentaro, harbors a secret. Sweet, light and leisurely, Kawase's film is a lyrical variation on the teacher-pupil stories beloved of Kurosawa, complete with reflections on how to live in harmony with nature. What gives the film heft is a revelatory development dealing with a shameful aspect of surprisingly recent Japanese history. The veteran Kiki's winning performance ensures that the two strands combine to moving effect.--London International Film Festival

In Japanese with English subtitles


Saturday, April 16
4:30 PM
$13.00
Saturday, April 23
6:45 PM
$13.00

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