sweet red bean paste

Yesterday, hubby & I had a whole afternoon for ourselves, my mom staying with the boys. We went to a fine restaurant, walked in the sunshine (after a very rainy morning), had a cappuccino/latte somewhere else, wandered in the streets of Montpellier & then, at the end of the day, went to the cinema to watch a film I had been recommended.

The film was "Sweet Red Bean Paste" (or "An / あん " in Japanese), a 2015 Japanese dram film directed by Naomi Kawase. Sweet red bean paste is used as filling in dorayaki, which are small circular pancake sandwiches.

I'll let you read the wiki article about it, but I would like you not to let you be influenced by critics. You obviously have to enjoy Japan, to appreciate all things simple & slow, to be fully aware of impermanence, of the delicacy & fragility of life and the reality of death, in order to fully enjoy the film. If you are sensitive to none of these, maybe this film is not for you. But, I'll recommend anyone to go see it if possible.

Here is a trailer, if you want to have a look :

I loved it, so did hubby, and I wanted to share it with you, just like the way someone shared it with me. It's a film that makes you want to share it.

Have a lovely day !



still life, or the sad truth about solitude

I'm not talking about painting today, but about a film my three guys and I watched yesterday. Maybe you've watched it or heard about it, but in case you didn't ...

It is a drama film, written & directed by Uberto Pasolini. The main characters are played by Eddie Marsan & Joanne Froggatt.

"There are few faces more forlon than that of Eddie Marsan in this painfully melancholic tale of half-lives and lonely deaths. He plays John May, a civil servant whose thankless job is to locate relatives of the recently deceased and perpetually unloved. To his superiors (and indeed everyone else), these poor unfortunates are just numbers, but John takes an all-too-personal interest in their passing - loving pasting their photos into his own family albums, while eating tuna and toast at home alone. Facing his final case, John embarks on an odyssey through the land of the living that brings him into contact with the fractured friends & acquaintances of a previously unnoticed neighbour." (The Guardian, Feb. 8th 2015)

I think it is the kind of films that should be seen by everyone, young & old. It touched me deeply. It won several awards, including at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival for "its humanity, empathy, and grace in treating grief, solitude and death."

Have a beautiful rest of your week.