Film #10 of Auteur Roulette.
I wanted to dive into Ozu's filmography, and have accidentally started with his final film.
This was such a 'slice of life' story that sets it's own narrative reference points to return to, taking it's time to breathe, and let the bittersweet atmosphere of 60's Japan take hold. The blend of the natural pacing, soft music and wholesome narrative led for a calm and pure viewing.
Ozu plays around with a few themes, such as traditionalism, family and celebrating life in the place of grief. The majority of the indoor conversational scenes utilise hard, still cinematography, which are in turn complimented by the beautifully framed exterior establishing shots with which Ozu paints the transitions between scenes.