Sweet Bean :- Watch Sweet Bean on YoutubeonFire, Naomi Kawase’s filmmaking has thus far existed in a kind of prestigious limbo: Though beloved of festival selectors, particularly those at Cannes, even her most glitteringly rewarded works have largely failed to seduce international distributors. That could change with “An,” a soft-centered ode to the virtues of patience, tolerance and bean-filled pancakes that is easily her most accessible film to date — at little if any cost to her trademark lyricism. Incorporating elements from two steadfast arthouse subgenres — feel-good food porn and autumn-years tearjerker — this winsome tale of the unlikely bond between a solitary confectioner with no sweet tooth and a plucky septuagenarian with culinary magic in her frail fingertips remains too leisurely and low-key for major crossover success. Still, this year’s Un Certain Regard opener will end up being many auds’ introduction to the more austere poetry of Kawase’s filmography. The word “an” translates as “sweet red bean paste” — which, at one point, was the film’s far more evocative English-language moniker in publicity materials. Any distribs in non-native territories would be well advised to go with a translation, though the enigmatic two-letter moniker does at least fit its creator’s usual impulse to fit as much description and implication into as few words as possible. The manager of a pancake stall finds himself confronted with an odd but sympathetic elderly woman looking for work. A taste of her homemade bean jelly convinces him to hire her, which starts a relationship that is about much more than just street food.
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Release: 30 May 2015 (Japan)
IMDB Rating : 7.5/10
Director: Naomi Kawase
Stars : Kirin Kiki, Masatoshi Nagase, Kyara Uchida