An (Sweet Bean)

An (Sweet Bean)

An (Sweet Bean)

Nominated for the Un Certain Regard Award at Cannes 2015, this humble Japanese foodie drama from director Naomi Kawase tells the tale of a pancake stall manager and his relationship with an elderly lady looking for work.

Sentaro runs a small bakery that serves dorayakis - pastries filled with sweet red bean paste ("an"). When an old lady, Tokue, offers to help in the kitchen he reluctantly accepts. But Tokue proves to have magic in her hands when it comes to making "an". Thanks to her secret recipe, the little business soon flourishes... And with time, Sentaro and Tokue will open their hearts to reveal old wounds.

2015Rating: M, Adult themes113 minsJapan, France, GermanyJapanese with English subtitles
DramaWorld Cinema

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An (Sweet Bean) / Reviews

Flicks, Daniel Rutledge

Flicks, Daniel Rutledge

A gentle, beautiful and graceful film that could work as a companion piece to several of Hirokazu Koreeda's, An is a sumptuous ode to tasty Japanese treats that morphs into a deeply moving ode to life itself. It's the first work I've seen of Cannes darling Naomi Kawase and I dearly hope it's not the last.

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Village Voice

Village Voice

A celebration not just of homemade cooking but of taking your time and doing it right - precisely what the celebrated director does herself.

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Variety

Variety

Naomi Kawase's gentle study of life, loss and confectionery is easily the Japanese auteur's most accessible work to date.

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Urban Cinefile

Urban Cinefile

Simply told with plenty of heart, the film explores the simple joys that relieve burdens & unite souls...

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The New York Times

The New York Times

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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The Guardian

The Guardian

The film has an impeccable technical finish, but it is insipid, contrived, solemn, and ever so slightly preposterous.

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Screen Daily

Screen Daily

She may divide critical opinion, but Naomi Kawase's fans will great An with open arms ...

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

Its sentimentality is tempered by the elegant restraint of the fine lead performances.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

It's not the stuff of Shakespearean drama, and in fact is barely enough to squeeze a few tears out of audiences into sentimental fare.

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FilmInk

FilmInk

It is a simple pleasure but, like the doryaki pancake, there is sweetness within.

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