From the land of Akira Kurosawa comes this delectable moving and sweet story of a bond that grows between a street side café owner and a lonely elderly lady who strolls in one day to ask for a job. Kirin Kiki as Tokue
As delicate as the delicacy named dorayaki that Tokue
There are only three principal characters in this Japanese gem, the third being a bereft teen aged schoolgirl Wakana who walks into the tiny café to savour its specialty. The use of that cramped space to depict the growing intimacy among the three very different cross-generation souls, has to be seen to be appreciated. Sweet Bean’s gentle storytelling says so much about the people who have created this miniature masterpiece. Only the kindest heart can engender such tender art.
The film moves at its own pace, inviting us to partake in a story of kindness and empathy that has no boundaries. I watched it with English subtitles. But I am sure there would have been no problem of communication