This is just a flow of thoughts from me, after having watched this film last night. It's the final film from Mikio Naruse, and is an absolutely lovely one. Some twelve hours after having watched it, the film lingers in my mind as a moving masterpiece of impossible love.
Yôko Tsukasa, who I'm familiar with from Yasujiro Ozu's wonderful Late Autumn plays the lead role here, and her performance is an understated study of pain and suffering following a tragic accident. Naruse explores a theme here that I don't recall ever seeing before, and he treats the material delicately and with finesse.
Mikio Naruse really hit his stride when he adopted the 2.35:1 widescreen format several films earlier, and Two in the Shadow, otherwise known as Scattered Clouds is no exception.