Frustration and latent bitterness finally lash out when Michiyo's vivacious and attention-seeking niece moves in.
It’s an unusual performance for Hara (Tokyo Story), here playing a brooding and life-soiled role at odds with her normally luminous and sweet type.
Repast initiated the critical and recurrent partnership of Naruse’s film work, in the first of his six adaptations of the fiction of Fumiko Hayashi.
Presented by the Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI
In Mikio Naruse’s superb, nuanced, psychological study, Osaka housewife Michiyo (played by classical Japanese cinema’s most iconic actress, Setsuko Hara) harbours a quiet, unacknowledged disappointment in her marriage to the inattentive and petty-minded salary man Okamoto (Ken Uehara).