Sweet Bean (DVD)

Sweet Bean

A lovely, quiet film that focuses on a lonely baker in contemporary Japan who is struggling with personal issues. Unexpected help comes from a quirky elder and a shy adolescent. Sweet bean refers to the special filling of the pastries made in the small bake shop. The photography and acting are particularly well done. In addition, a unique and disturbing aspect of recent Japanese history is slowly revealed and explored. Based on the Japanese novel An. Starring Kirin Kiki and Masatoshi Nagase. Directed by Naomi Kawase. Shown at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival.



Genre: bakery, cookery, drama, historical, Japan, personal relationships

The Girl on the Train: Paula Hawkins

The Girl on the Train

I really enjoyed this book. Well, maybe not enjoyed. But I found it fascinating. The main character was very flawed, and in such human ways, that my heart broke for her, over and over again. The other characters were not quite so well fleshed out but they are very much peripheral and often serve as background to the titular character’s unfolding drama.

I have not seen the movie yet and am not sure I want to, but if you are looking for a confronting book full of despair and anger, look no further.




Genre: drama, psychological, thriller