Sweet Bean

Director: Naomi Kawase • US

Red bean paste is the filling in this poignant tale of life, compassion, and sweet endings. An uninspired red bean pancake chef is re-energized when a plucky septuagenarian’s irresistible homemade recipe makes his snacks a local hit. Both characters use their creations, photographed in mouth-watering close-up, to rebuild from traumatic pasts. The latest from poetic Japanese auteur Naomi Kawase is a delectable philosophical dish.

Year: 2015
Language: Japanese
Run Time: 113 Min.
Festival Program: Main Competition
Official Website: http://www.kinolorber.com

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