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A close-up of a woman looking into the distance
Yearning

Film

Presented by the Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI

Yearning (Midareru)

Unclassified 18+

Melbourne Cinematheque

22 Jul

Actress Hideko Takamine continued her extraordinary run as Mikio Naruse’s muse with this typically profound and sympathetic portrayal of a war-widowed shop owner struggling with the romantic affections of her brother-in-law.

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  • Yearning is a deeply tragic and pessimistic study of stifled emotion and social restrictions, counterposed against a depiction of the pitiless process of economics in post-war Japan. Another of Naruse’s complex depictions of strong female characters, the film contains one of cinema’s most quietly devastating final images.