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Late Autumn (Eclipse Collection) back to product details

small correction
written by JKelly December 18, 2007 - 6:48 PM PST
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
The three older men do not actually propose to have one of them marry the daughter, as stated in the description. Two of them are married, and the third is considered for a proposal to the mother, so that the daughter can feel free to marry. She has apparently passed up opportunities for marriage, preferring to remain at her mother's side. This is not unlike some storylines where you see difficulties arise from a younger sister preceding an elder sister in taking vows. The turmoil in the otherwise peaceful and loving mother-daughter relationship arises from the fact that the man under consideration for the mother is an old friend of the father's. The daughter is repulsed at the thought of her mother putting shame on the memory of her father. This is a very sweet movie. Note the camera angle, about table height, and the sustained practice of having characters addressing the camera as if you are taking the place of the person being addressed. Really, really delightful. Gentle. Note also the beautiful interiors. An exquisite, if limited, view of late 1950s Japan. And a welcome relief if like me you enjoy Japanese film and have watched too many samurai flicks of late. I look forward to looking into the other films by this director, of whom I was previously unaware.

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