As the film’s title hints, director Mikio Naruse (working from a screenplay by Yoko Mizuki) presents his poignant study of human struggle through the viewpoint of a teenage daughter observing her mother’s overwhelming struggle against poverty and crushed hopes.
The reflective framing device perfectly suits this award-winning film’s mood of resignation and compassionate pessimism.
Kinuyo Tanaka, Masao Mishima and Kyoko Kagawa star.
Presented by the Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI
In a working-class suburb of Tokyo, the various members of an extended family each face the vicissitudes of post-war life.