An (Sweet Bean). 2015. Japan/France/Germany. Directed by Naomi Kawase. Based on the novel by Durian Sukegawa. With Kirin Kiki, Masatoshi Nagase, Kyara Uchida. In Japanese; English subtitles. 113 min.
An older woman named Tokue appears one day to lend a helping hand to Sentaro, the struggling manager of a small shop specializing in Dorayaki (a Japanese pastry filled with sweet bean paste). Wakana, a serious schoolgirl who wants some company, is also drawn to the brooding Sentaro. When customers start lining up for Tokue’s delicious recipe, the shop’s success—and a rumor about Tokue—have ripple effects that bring unexpected challenges—and bring the lives of these three loners even closer. Courtesy of Kino Lorber.