A Mother Should Be Loved (1934) IMDb

Creators

Ozu Yasujirō (director).

Extent

Seen in 2019.

Seen in its diminished state, missing the first and last reels (about 20 minutes), without any sound.

Categorization

Drama.

Subject

The significance of biological kinship and crew rowing.

Commentary

There are two good scenes. Both involve cleaners. The first is when Kōsaku and Sadao are leaving school to learn more about their father’s illness; a man sweeping the yard comes up to them and accidentally reveals their father is dead (by asking if he was OK that morning and then muttering 「分からないしんだねえ…」); the boys back the fuck away when the man turns his back and run off as in a cartoon. The second is when a similarly anonymous middle-aged woman cleaning Sadao’s room at the brothel takes his offered cigarette and momentarily shares the shame of her own life with the young man, setting him back on track. She’s got an ugly and saintly smile: The unintrusive intrusion of an ordinary Ozu-esque person into an otherwise dull story of privileged youth working out some bullshit. Ozu’s touch is also visible in the film posters, the composition at depth and the informal Western attire of depressed college students reading on the floor, but he clearly didn’t care about the plot.

Japanese production fiction moving picture