The Saddest Movie in the World?
This was the conclusion that I came to after watching Ozu's 1953 masterpiece Tokyo Story
on Friday night, the first film in a semester long Ozu retrospective at the UW Cinematheque
(click on the link for the full schedule). So simple and heartbreaking, I would have burst out in tears if not for the dehydration caused by the breakdown of the AC, particularly during the scene when Kyoko ask her widowed sister-in-law Noriko (the luminescent Setsuko Hara) if life is disappointing, and with a wistful smile hiding years of pain, replies "It is..." If anyone can point out a sadder movie, please do so.