I Was Born, But...

I Was Born, But... ★★★★

Ozu's charming silent traverses the pangs of childhood and shattering realisations. A tale of two bummed out brothers climbing through the ranks of their local school gang in a film full of fisticuffs, some genuinely funny pranks and a weird obsession with sparrow eggs. And in a simaltaneous fashion their father vies for a better position at his workplace by cosying up to his boss in a manner that's nothing short of demeaning. And that's what this film is - a satire on social hierarchies through the ages. The young brothers are incredible here. This is essentially the precursor to Good Morning and man, Ozu sure knows how to pick his actors.

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