Sweet Bean (An)2016
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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Critic Reviews for Sweet Bean (An)
Sweet Bean is sentimental fare for sure, but sometimes familiar tastes prove quite a comfort.
Sweet Bean's gentle, quiet drama shares DNA with the work of Kawase's compatriot, Hirokazu Koreeda. Sweet by name, sweet by nature.
For the most part, the quality of the dignified, understated performances here prevents the picture from tipping into cloying sentimentality.
No pretension or faux-poeticism - just a well-made domestic drama.
For viewers unfamiliar with Kawase's oeuvre, Sweet Bean provides a better entry point than its laboured predecessor, Still the Water.
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.
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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