Late Spring ★★★★

The first act of LATE SPRING embodies a desperately needed lightheartedness in the deprived post-war period – but appearances can be deceptive.

The film shows that hard times can be overcome, but trauma, fear of loss and the desire to return to a normality (old rules, societal constraints, traditions), which can no longer exist, paralyses healing and progress.

Ozu's film reveals the wedge that war can drive between generations and how social constraints and conflicting ideas of security and future can keep this gap open.

(watched as part of the 5th Annual Letterboxd Season Challenge: 2019-20 – Bonus Week #4: Roger Ebert's Great Films)