I Flunked, But...

I Flunked, But... ★★★½

There's already similar melancholy to Ozu's later films, similar eye for detail and character maneuvers, the true delicacy are the hilarious exam scenes where these guys come up with dozens of ways to cheat from printing notes to shirt or passing notes on teacher to the other guy sitting further away. Every character has personality and together they work like a very weird orchestra, thanks also to Ozu's eye for composition. It all might seem little indistinct quite long in the film but Ozu really keeps the atmosphere together and despite being lesser from him, the liveliness manages to really surprise and ultimately it's not hard to recognize it as Ozu's work even though if I didn't know I could also end up thinking it as Shimizu film. The score from BFI edition was terrible and completely nuance less unlike the film would have required - like someone sleeping while playing piano...