Days of Youth

Days of Youth ★★★

Ozu’s earliest surviving film is a pleasant distraction most notable for historical significance rather than any inherent quality. It is not the most engaging or diverting of films, and has some detracting elements. It’s at its core, a film about a woman denies of agency as she is pursued by two men; thankfully, this is not so much the focus. The film primarily sticks to showing the two young leads as foolish, following their capers and resulting mishaps rather than anything else. It is nice to see a presentation of young people from 1929 that seems in tune, to a great extent, to modern youth. The film is hardly special in its own right but its age allows to it reveal a shared humanity across time.

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