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秋刀魚の味 [An autumn afternoon] (1962)

A delightfully frank movie about everyday nothings and everythings. Marriage arrangements, the generation gap, modernity versus tradition, consumism, manners, family, gender, class – even war issues are briefly reflected upon in this intimate and fascinating story.

Carefully and exquisitely stylish throughout, imbued with a mild and calm mood. Settings, clothing, movements – all are beautifully, politely subdued and controlled. Not so the excessive drinking, revealing good intentions as well as stifled emotions.

Filled with both comforting humour and deep melancholy. In my book.

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2 Responses to 813

  1. elwoodcox says:

    The more Ozu films you see, the more you appreciate the subtle differences in his films.

  2. nicolas krizan says:

    This is the third one for me, and by far the one I like best so far. »Floating weeds« was also good, while »Tokyo story« didn’t engage me as much as I had hoped – maybe I should try it again sometime…

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