Sweet Bean (PG)
Directed by Naomi Kawase.
Starring: Kirin Kihi, Masatoshi Nagase, Etsuko Ichihara.
Running time 113 minutes
Set in present day Tokyo. A lonely Japanese baker hires a 76-year-old woman to be his new assistant at a pancake stall, and soon learns that she has a wonderful recipe for sweet red bean paste – which she claims comes from her communion with nature. Word spreads and business thrives, but then rumours start about a dark secret in her past…. “A gem of a film.” English subtitles.