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.