An / Sweet Bean (2015, written and directed by Naomi Kawase, based on the novel by Durian Sukegawa)
[27 of 52 in #52FilmsByWomen]
An is slow, but sweet and charming movie about appreciating the beauty of the small things in life and nature. It is about a baker named Sentaro (Masatoshi Nagase) who makes and sells dorayaki. He has a dark past that is eventually revealed in the course of the movie, and is generally grumpy and jaded. Tokue (Kirin Kiki) approaches him for a job. Her home-cooked red bean paste (An) impresses him, and he hires her to teach him the recipe.
The plot is simple, but like Tokue’s philosophy, the beauty lies in appreciating the simple and small moments in everything.