Record of a Tenement Gentleman ★★★★

This one is funny, which is probably why I’m rating it higher than the other Ozus. Call me a sucker for comedy, but I also found the story genuinely touching, kind of a reverse Kid With A Bike narrative where the kid is more or less a good kid, and the woman takes him despite being extremely reluctant to do so. Saw a few people cite the ending as somewhat cheap, but I think it works because the narrative is not about the boy finding a mother, but the mother learning to love someone else and thus herself, which can only happen in his absence.

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