Early Summer

Early Summer ★★★★★

Early Summer belongs to that very small group of films that are among the greatest movies ever made. Ozu finds so much comedy in the day-to-day lives of these ordinary people, and so much pathos in their temporal pain. While many reviewers want to compare Early Summer to Late Spring, either favorably or unfavorably, I think this is a completely different film thanks to the ensemble cast. Late Spring is an intimate Father-Daughter film that ends one way, but Early Summer is a group film where everyone manages to find a happy-sad ending precisely because of their shared communal experience.

Hard to choose between any of the Noriko films but this might be Setsuko Hara's greatest performance. That field of wheat at the end will heal your soul.

Transcendent, life-changing film experience.

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