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Just a few years after the end of World War II, the Fukuhara family seeks to recover from the destruction of their dry-cleaner’s. With a nuanced performance, Kinuyo Tanaka dazzles in the role of a mother who, due to family loss, is forced to become the heart of the house, where the fraternity of its inhabitants will prove essential in order to overcome the most painful mournings. As in the rest of his extensive filmography, Mikio Naruse not only puts outsider characters at the center, but also confronts pessimism with the concord of a community in the process of reconstruction. The presence of long-suffering women who, as the story progresses, become heroins unbreakable before the fragility around them, was a mark of the Japanese master that Tanaka turned into her own some years later, in her brief but remarkable career as a director.
This retrospective has been made possible thanks to a collaboration of the Cultural and Informational Center of the Japanese Embassy, the Japan Foundation and the Lugones Theater of the Buenos Aires Theater Complex.
Mikio Naruse was born in Tokyo in 1905. He started working in the film industry in 1920 as a cinematographer, and made his directorial debut in 1930, but most of the films from his silent period was lost. He directed about one hundred works among shorts and feature films. He died in Tokyo in 1969.