Reviews

Dec 20, 2020
Naomi Kawase deftly handles her themes of loneliness, social stigma and the joy of finding a purpose in life, and her story's resolution is bittersweet but uplifting.
Dec 15, 2020
This is not cooking, this is an homage to creation itself
Oct 31, 2020
Anything Kawase directs is not without interest and even when offering up something more accessible and middle of the road like this, there's an artistry to her work as always
Mar 16, 2020
Sweet Bean is sentimental fare for sure, but sometimes familiar tastes prove quite a comfort.
Jan 9, 2020
With An, director Kawase Naomi has managed to make a stellar bittersweet film. She could have made it a sugary pancake, but some of its stuffing caught me by surprise, and the film as a whole is a dish I very much recommend.
Apr 6, 2019
Although "Sweet Bean" does not succeed fully in examining the issues it presents, it is, nevertheless, a film of extreme beauty, which will definitely entice the audience senses, and particularly the appetite.
Mar 29, 2019
Sweet Bean is brimming with humanity, featuring characters that aren't normally seen onscreen.
Oct 24, 2018
Soft, gentle, and kind ... until it knocks you down on the ground and guts you like a fish. Despite what some may say, "Sweet Bean" is far from saccharine schlock.
Aug 9, 2018
In short, the essence of a director's cinema with its own label and universe, such as Naomi Kawase. [Full Review in Spanish]
Aug 9, 2018
In short, a warm film, with sensitive characters, without bombastic exclamations. [Full review in Spanish]
Aug 9, 2018
Kawase doesn't require firecrackers or tragedy to keep audiences mesmerized over a story that may seem to be light. [Full Review in Spanish]
Aug 9, 2018
Prolific Japanese director, Naomi Kawase, constructs a beautiful and sensible tragicomedy that reaches a limited, but welcome experience. [Full Review in Spanish]
Jan 10, 2018
Once we've seen the blossoms and admired them, seeing them again is less thrilling - and so is the overall impression left by An.
Sep 26, 2017
An is flat as a pancake, but lacks the paste: it strives to be an intimate, incisive portrait of three lost people learning to find some direction in their lives, but [Naomi] Kawase's appetite for schmaltz swallows everything before it.
Aug 29, 2017
Sweet Bean is no fairy tale, and unexpected revelations add layers of emotional complexity and metaphorical suggestions. But the film is a heartwarming, albeit bittersweet, experience.
Jan 3, 2017
Sweet Bean is a film that does its conventions right but gives nothing impactful as a result.
Jan 1, 2017
The action moves at the pace of the seasons; but for those who relax into its reflective mood, it offers much to savour.
Dec 13, 2016
Sweet Bean senses how even the tiniest change in the basic ingredients of one's life can yield considerable rewards.
Nov 15, 2016
Echoes of classic Japanese cinema resound all over Sweet Bean, but its tugs at the heartstrings feel calculated in a way that Ozu's and Naruse's never did.
Aug 9, 2016
Sweet Bean's gentle, quiet drama shares DNA with the work of Kawase's compatriot, Hirokazu Koreeda. Sweet by name, sweet by nature.