There Was a Father
There Was a Father (1942)

A widowed high school teacher finds that the more he tries to do what is best for his son's future, the more they are separated.

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: August 31, 2010
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Critic Score: 100% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Richard Brody
New Yorker

Within the framework of the aching melodrama the director daringly highlights the weight of tradition and duty that crushes the individual spirit.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

An almost unwittingly political, (unusual for Ozu) as well as artistic, triumph.

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Sean Axmaker
Parallax View

... an indisputable masterpiece, a work of grace and simplicity that feels as timeless now as it was timely then.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Ozu's most Buddhist, didactic, Japanese and patriarchal film.

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

a poignant, even tragic portrait of the nature of sacrifice

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Sean Axmaker
Turner Classic Movies Online

If There Was a Father celebrates obedience as a virtue and duty the highest calling on the surface, there is an ambiguity in Ozu's tone.

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danny d
a vastly underrated ozu classic. there was a surprising political element, rare for ozu even during the wartime censorship, but that didnt overwhelm the film… More