There Was a Father
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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.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Within the framework of the aching melodrama the director daringly highlights the weight of tradition and duty that crushes the individual spirit."
‑ Richard Brody, New Yorker
"An almost unwittingly political, (unusual for Ozu) as well as artistic, triumph."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"... an indisputable masterpiece, a work of grace and simplicity that feels as timeless now as it was timely then."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Parallax View
"Ozu's most Buddhist, didactic, Japanese and patriarchal film."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"a poignant, even tragic portrait of the nature of sacrifice"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"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."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Turner Classic Movies Online
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