CAST: Kirin Kiki, Masatoshi Nagase, Kyara Uchida DIRECTOR: Naomi Kawase SISTER CITIES FILM FESTIVAL - Kitakyushu, Japan
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.
The movie, beautifully shot and acted, earns its ultimate sense of hope by confronting real heartbreak head-on, and with compassion.Glenn Kenny, New York Times
Sweet Bean is a respite from special-effect sodden blockbusters and cookie-cutter dramas and a delightful reminder about life's modest joys.J.A. Kordosh, Under the Radar