An Autumn Afternoon

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An Autumn Afternoon adheres to Ozu's specific style, a style that can seem overly simple, even lazy, at first glance, but one that reveals itself to be surprisingly intricate the more that you watch it. Ozu rarely moved his camera (especially later in his career), choosing instead to keep it static and close to the floor; his characters often look directly into the lens, causing each conversation to feel extremely intimate, as if the audience is itself involved. It is a clean, trouble-free vision, void of flair but so perfectly realized that its apparent simplicity can obscure just how beautiful the images really are.

by Bradley Steinbacher
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Director
Yasujirô Ozu
Cast
Mariko Okada, Keiji Sada, Chishu Ryu, Shima Iwashita