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Sweet Bean

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The film centres around Sentaro, a middle-aged manager whose business takes off when he hires an eccentric 76-year-old woman who specializes in making dorayaki pancakes.
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Sunday Independent (Ireland)
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August 08, 2016

A subtle treat, Sweet Bean is an unusual and interesting gentle pleasure.
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MovieMail
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December 13, 2016

Sweet Bean senses how even the tiniest change in the basic ingredients of one's life can yield considerable rewards.
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Chicago Reader
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April 07, 2016

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.
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San Francisco Chronicle
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April 07, 2016

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.
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Film Ireland Magazine
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January 03, 2017

Sweet Bean is a film that does its conventions right but gives nothing impactful as a result.
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Los Angeles Times
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April 08, 2016

Its sentimentality is tempered by the elegant restraint of the fine lead performances.
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Brooklyn Magazine
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November 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.
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Christian Science Monitor
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March 18, 2016

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
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Irish Times
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August 09, 2016

Sweet Bean's gentle, quiet drama shares DNA with the work of Kawase's compatriot, Hirokazu Koreeda. Sweet by name, sweet by nature.
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Wall Street Journal
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April 07, 2016

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.
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New York Times
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March 18, 2016

The movie, beautifully shot and acted, earns its ultimate sense of hope by confronting real heartbreak head-on, and with compassion.
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