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)
Its sentimentality is tempered by the elegant restraint of the fine lead performances.
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.
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.
Kawase handles the material delicately and skillfully, and Kirin - a one-time ingenue actress whose first important film was in one of the early "Tora-san" movies - hits all the right notes.
A delicate little fable that creeps up on you. It seems slight at first, but it's held together by a performance from the veteran actress Kirin Kiki
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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