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Two women laugh and smile at the camera while two children look on


Presented by the Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI

Mother (Okaasan)

Unclassified 18+

Melbourne Cinematheque

15 Jul

In a working-class suburb of Tokyo, the various members of an extended family each face the vicissitudes of post-war life.

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  • 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.