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Sweet Bean


The manager of a pancake stall finds himself confronted with an odd but sympathetic elderly woman looking for work. A taste of her homemade bean jelly convinces him to hire her, which starts a relationship that is about much more than just street food. Read more …

The critical consensus

Ostensibly, a lovingly made study of homemade cooking and old-fashioned values, this beautifully played drama also contains a mordant denunciation of the lack of compassion that shapes Japanese attitudes to social stigma.

***(*)(*)David Parkinson, Empire Online, 02/08/2016

Naomi Kawase’s film about the redemptive, life-affirming powers of a pancake recipe falls flat.

**(*)(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 04/08/2016

Japanese director Naomi Kawase serves up a subtle study of the relationship between an elderly woman and a young street food vendor.

****(*)Wendy Ide, The Observer, 07/08/2016

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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