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 !



advent calendar 2015 - day 19 and day 20

Time flies ! We're almost at the end of our advent calendar already, boooh :( Yesterday's activity was a family tradition, and consisted in watching "The Blue Carbuncle" episode of Sherlock Holmes TV series. (1984, starring Jeremy Brett)

If you have never seen it, and if you love Sherlock Holmes stories or Jeremy Brett, then do yourself a favor and watch it. We almost could recite every line, we love it so !

Today's activity was going to the cinema. We went to the the only projection of a 1931 German movie "Emil and the Detectives". (Emil und die Detektive) Quite far from Star Wars, isn't it ?!

This is an extract, but the rest of the film is better

I don't know about the weather in your corner of the world, but over here it's been too mild, and really great. I wish it was cold & crisp !! Oh well !

Oh before I forgot : today Christmas song by Vince Guaraldi Trio, for a Charlie Brown Christmas !

Thank you for stopping by & reading ! Be well, everyone.