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Sweet Bean (An) (2016)



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)

All Critics (58) | Top Critics (15)

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

March 16, 2020 | Full Review…

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

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

If it is possible to be at once clear-eyed and sentimental, Kawase achieves that in this heartbreakingly beautiful film.

April 27, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Its sentimentality is tempered by the elegant restraint of the fine lead performances.

April 8, 2016 | Full Review…

Ms. Kawase's sweet, slow film -- very slow, I'm obliged to say -- becomes a meditation on solitary lives lived at the margins of society; on old age, and on the urgency of telling our stories, which may sometimes include recipes.

April 7, 2016

Ultimately Kawase is more interested in charting emotional and sensory landscapes than in thinking through any narrative thread, yet there's something to be said for the movie's sincerity and simple beauty.

April 7, 2016 | 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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