This looks like a beautiful film. The 4:15 show is now sold out as I write to update this at 00:30h on 1/6/14
We are meeting for coffee at 3:45pm in the Riverfront Bar and Kitchen - the cafe on the river-facing side if the BFI, with the entrance located beneath Waterloo Bridge, next to the second-hand book stalls. Film starts at 4:15 and finishes 2hrs later. Afterwards we'll go for a drink/meal. Reviews of the film below:
Reviews of the film, which is just under 2hrs long:
Both the Guardian and Timeout gave it 5 stars and said:
Time Out: - Ozu’s final film is a movingly valedictory affair, its story of Ryu’s elderly widower marrying off daughter Iwashita carrying even more poignancy than usual as a poised and wise reminder of passing time and the inevitable approach of mortality. The gentle humour’s there as ever, but in the sub-plot showing Ryu’s former teacher’s twilight years beset by drink-sodden regrets, the emotions are darker and tougher than previously. The central performance is, of course, a marvel of no-nonsense, unspoken expressiveness, set against exquisitely arranged colour compositions and the director’s loveable repertory company in fine fettle.
The Guardian: - Ozu's exquisitely tender final film Yasujiro Ozu's last film, is a superbly composed family drama about a father and daughter both intent on sacrificing their own happiness for each other...