Image above: hidden/revealed, acrylic & ink on aluminum, 17.5 x 23.5 inches
Friday, November 4, 2016
Yeah, something different, movie talk.
The film, Sweet Bean, a 2016 indie [Japanese-German-French production, yeah, crazy right] that is a slice of life story.
Most generally a film review actually talks about the story, and I find I can't do that as it would totally ruin it for you. So I'll only give the bare bones such as Netflix does. Sentaro, the cook manager of a small doriyaki pastry shop - tiny, walk up window and only 3-4 indoor seats; the 76 year old Tokue who is hired by Sentaro to make the sweet bean paste used in doriyaki [what he has been using so far is paste-in-a-can lol] and so develops the story. Who's story is this, the middle school girl who virtually lives off of doriyaki hand outs from Sentaro, Sentaro's story, or Tokue? Each have their own perceptions, past and present and each story is told with just enough information that we feel like we have understanding into each person.
This is a gentle, naturally paced film that slowly reveals secrets and sadnesses. By naturally paced I refer to the pace of conversation and observation, the normal movements of film are minimal and non-obtrusive.
I really like this movie, it drew me into a . . . hmmm, a mood, a sympathy that has become strongly a part of me. At least 12 hours later it still haunts me, how many films have you seen lately that touched you?
Check it out, it is a great 2 hours.
Speaking of films, has anyone noticed that odd line-up of movies on Turner Classic Movies this week through to the election? Fail Safe, 7 Days in May, Dr. Strangelove, and the like. Watcha' trying to say Mr. Turner?