An Autumn Afternoon
Samna no aji
A becalmed masterpiece from Yasujiro Ozu.
Dir Yasujirô Ozu
With Chishû Ryû, Shima Iwashita, Keiji Sada
The Japanese title of Ozu’s final film – meaning ‘The Taste of Mackerel Pike’ – alludes only indirectly to autumn, but this becalmed masterpiece does feel autumnal with its tale of an elderly widower persuaded by friends that his daughter should marry; like him, she’s very aware that leaving home would increase his loneliness. Witty yet poignant, the film boasts an exquisitely muted colour palette.