Slow-paced, graceful and quiet

An (aka Sweet Bean) starts out as part of a Japanese minigenre of feel-good food movies – Juzo Itami’s Tampopo, billed as “The World’s First Noodle Western,” comes to mind – and gradually turns into something quite different, and very moving.

Directed by Naomi Kawase, who has made both features and documentaries, it focuses on simple details to make the story vivid.


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