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Sweet Bean (An)2016

Sweet Bean (An) (2016)

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Critic Consensus: Sweet Bean's deliberate pace demands patience, but the satisfying simplicity of its story -- and Kirin Kiki's absorbing performance -- yield an array of riches well worth the wait.

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A lonely Japanese baker hires a 76-year-old woman to be his new assistant, and soon learns that she has a wonderful recipe for sweet red bean paste -- which she claims comes from her communion with nature. However, their partnership is threatened when it's revealed that the elderly woman is suffering from a severe illness. Directed by Naomi Kawase.

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Critic Reviews for Sweet Bean (An)

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Sweet Bean is sentimental fare for sure, but sometimes familiar tastes prove quite a comfort.

March 16, 2020 | Full Review…

Sweet Bean's gentle, quiet drama shares DNA with the work of Kawase's compatriot, Hirokazu Koreeda. Sweet by name, sweet by nature.

August 9, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

For the most part, the quality of the dignified, understated performances here prevents the picture from tipping into cloying sentimentality.

August 7, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

No pretension or faux-poeticism - just a well-made domestic drama.

August 5, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

For viewers unfamiliar with Kawase's oeuvre, Sweet Bean provides a better entry point than its laboured predecessor, Still the Water.

August 4, 2016 | Full Review…

Ostensibly, a lovingly made study of homemade cooking and old-fashioned values, this beautifully played drama also contains a mordant denunciation of the lack of compassion that shapes Japanese attitudes to social stigma.

August 4, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Sweet Bean (An)

Lovely movie. Quite sad by the end, but also very moving with flawed but engaging characters. I loved the scenes with the Sakura too.

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