Sound of the Mountain ★★

I have to admit I don't get most of Naruse's cinema. It seems like 50 different shades of indulgent soapbox for women to crawl in and commiserate about their unfair suffering. Repast was the one Setsuko Hara - Mikio Naruse collaboration I loved because the main character actually had some subversive spirit.

Here in The Sound of the Mountain, Hara's character just suffers, and suffers, and then she suffers some more. There's seemingly no end to her suffering, because there's such a horrible man in her life, and it's all so incredibly on the nose that I can't imagine it's meant to mean anything more than "life is like this" for so many women in the audience.