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Sweet Bean(あん)

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Japan, France, Germany · 2015
1h 53m
Director Naomi Kawase
Starring Kirin Kiki, Masatoshi Nagase, Kyara Uchida, Miki Mizuno
Genre Drama

Sentaro runs a small bakery that serves dorayaki pastries filled with sweet red bean paste to a small group of schoolgirls who frequent the shop. When an old lady, Tokue, offers to help in the kitchen he reluctantly accepts. She will soon prove to have magic in her hands…

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The movie is not without some small pleasures...but neither character is developed beyond broad characteristics, in spite of them occupying 95% of the film's taxing two-hour running time.


Variety by Guy Lodge

Just as An itself seems on the verge of flying away, however, Kawase rewards her audience with an unapologetically contrived but effectively eye-moistening surge of feeling.

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