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Make Way for Tomorrow

Posted by martinteller on May 10, 2008

I’ve been trying to check off a ton of movies from various “all-time greats” checklists, but I’m getting burnt out.  About 5 minutes into yet another Fassbinder film, I realized that I was not enjoying myself.  I’ve had a pretty good cinematic education already, and although I have found a few diamonds in the rough, it’s not worth slogging through a bunch of stuff I know I’m not going to love.  So I’m just going to concentrate on finishing the Sight & Sound list (about 27 left, and this is one of them) and then focus more on movies I WANT to watch.  At some point I’ll probably get back to being more adventurous, but for now I’m just trying to catch up with my “On deck” list so I can play some videogames.

A moving (and depressing) story of how we treat our aging parents, the perfect thing to guilt you up just before Mother’s Day.  You could call this an American version of Tokyo Story, and I’d be surprised if it wasn’t an influence on Ozu.  Other than the wonderful performances by Victor Moore and Beulah Bondi, there’s nothing spectacular about the film, but it is very realistic, honest, and sensitive.  The ending is one of the most touching scenes I’ve witnessed for some time, it certainly brought a tear to my eye.  Rating: 8


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