SWEET BEAN ★★★★

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - SEVEN DAYS | FILM -

Di­rected by Naomi Kawase. Star­ring Kirin Kiki, Masatoshi Na­gase “Do­rayaki” is a type of Ja­panese pan­cake in which two pat­ties are sand­wiched around sweet­ened azuki beans. The con­fec­tion is of cen­tral im­por­tance in Sweet Bean, a lovely, af­fect­ing tale of friend­ship be­tween a mys­te­ri­ous sep­tu­a­ge­nar­ian and a soli­tary pan­cake chef. Kawase is, per­haps, an un­der­val­ued film-maker, but she con­tin­ues to de­liver low-key charm and psy­cho­log­i­cal depth. A plea­sure through­out. Club, lim re­lease, 113 min TB

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