The Rehoboth Beach Film Society’s Cinema Art Theater will present SWEET BEAN a touching drama about the power of one individual and how simply that person can change a life.
Middle-aged Sentaro (Masatoshi Nagase) is a Japanese purveyor of dorayakis, a red bean pancake. Surprisingly, his small bakery with a minimal customer base is seeking to hire an assistant. Tokue, a 76-year old woman responds to the ad, but Sentaro is skeptical about hiring her because of the long hours and hard work involved. However, when he tastes the delicious red bean paste she prepares from her own secret recipe, Tokue is hired! Business quickly begins to flourish as the scrumptious red bean paste becomes the heart of Sentaro’s dorayaki.
Both Sentaro and Tokue have secrets from their past which when revealed have a dramatic impact on the story of their evolving relationship. Directed by Naomi Kawase, whose work seldom reaches American audiences, the film conveys a message to enjoy the wonder of life moment by moment.
SWEET BEAN was screened at the Cannes Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival.
“New York Times” critic Glenn Kenny says, “The movie, beautifully shot and acted, earns its ultimate sense of hope by confronting real heartbreak head-on, and with compassion.” [2015, France, Runtime: 113 min., Japanese with English subtitles, Rated PG 13]
Screening times are 4:00 pm on Friday and Saturday (June 17 & 18) and Wednesday and Thursday (June 22 & June 23). All screenings are held at the Cinema Art Theater located at 17701 Dartmouth Drive in Dartmouth Plaza, behind the Lewes Wawa.
Admission for a screening is $8 for RBFS members and $10 for future members. Tickets can be purchased at the Cinema Art Theater, starting 30 minutes prior to each screening.