Sanma no aji (An Autumn Afternoon) (The Widower)
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Sanma no aji (An Autumn Afternoon) (The Widower)
In this film, three elderly men discuss the problem of a friend's unmarried daughter. The threesome decides to arrange a marriage for the girl, whether she likes it or not. Their machinations are counterpointed by a comic subplot concerning the exhausting union between an old man and a younger woman.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The fatal bargain of old age has rarely been observed as sharply as in Yasujiro Ozu's last film, from 1962."
‑ Richard Brody, New Yorker
"Such a completely realized example of the Ozu art that it seems impossible he did not intend it to be a kind of testament."
‑ , New York Times
"An Autumn Afternoon by the great Japanese director Yasujiro Ozu is as exquisite and delicate as his other works, but has the added poignancy of being his last film."
‑ Kate Muir, Times [UK]
"Yasujiro Ozu's lilting swansong holds up as one of the director's greatest films."
‑ Adam Nayman, Little White Lies
"Ozu's very last film is one of his strongest, a sharply observed family drama that exhibits his remarkable rigorous style."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"This view of contemporary middle class life in Japan is too leisurely paced, too sentimental in design and its humorous social comments too infrequent."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Stylistically it's one of Ozu's purest, most elemental works: no camera movement, very little movement within the frames, and hardly any apparent narrative progression."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Yasujiro Ozu didn't know that this unbearably poignant 1962 drama would be his final film. But An Autumn Afternoon is as fitting a swansong as ever there was."
‑ Tara Brady, Irish Times
"It is a film in a superbly composed minor key."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"a relatable slice of life and, for Ozu fans, a final glimpse into a director's evolving thoughts on life and culture in his last film."
‑ Jason Morgan,
"Only this film and Good Morning were made in colour, but Ozu applies it here with great care and precision, another mark of his sublime philosophical and cinematic continuity."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"While An Autumn Afternoon is in so many ways wholly typical of Ozu, it's also a very distinct variation, following beautifully from its predecessors."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Sight and Sound
"Yasujiro Ozu's final film, re-released in a restored version, is a stately, slow-burning but very moving family drama."
‑ Geoffrey Macnab, Independent
"Mellow and rich in ironic humour, the film carries an undertow of gentle melancholy; as so often with Ozu, its ultimate message is that loneliness is the human condition."
‑ Philip Kemp, Total Film
"What do all these subtle modifications to the otherwise similar template suggest?"
‑ Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine
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