Aroview: A recently remarried son (Abe) pays visit to his quietly disapproving parents in this exquisitely observed family drama, shot in the tradition of Japan’s greatest filmmaker, Yasujiro Ozu.
Though instantly recognisable in its approach towards domestic relations, dir. Koreeda’s treatment is no straightforward homage, with his delicately scripted and performed film delivering many subtleties that undercut the story’s outwardly cosy appearance. Bearing witness to the way grief, resentment and disappointment slowly permeate throughout the family’s languid summertime gathering is just one of the film’s marvels, as is its beautifully measured study of the generational gap. Highly recommended.
5 stars (Exceptional) The humour as well as the conflicts of family relationships are magnificently offset with the traditions of Japanese culture and the tension between modern life and the "old ways". A classic!~The Myrka