jamie’s review published on Letterboxd:
after seeing a Setsuko Hara film, the novelist Shūsaku Endō wrote: "we would sigh or let out a great breath from the depths of our hearts, for what we felt was precisely this: can it be possible that there is such a woman in this world?"
three films, three tales of family, experienced in three consecutive years of my life; Yasujiro Ozu's unofficial Noriko trilogy is one of the most intriguing cinematic entities I've come across. this unusual feeling of sensitive disorientation fuelled my rambling review of Early Summer, which is easily my favourite thing I've written on Letterboxd. most of what is said there still stands, both with my thoughts on Ozu and film analysis in general, so I won't repeat myself here, other than to just say that his films really do touch upon something quite deep within me. it is a strange feeling that I would feel uncomfortable talking about on here. I'm not even sure if I enjoy it... I certainly don't think these three films are perfect, especially Tokyo Story which I would consider to be the 'weakest' of the three. yet they all have this quiet innocence about them - not something I've been able to find in any other film. that, I have to applaud.