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.