Late Spring

Director: Yasujir┼Ź Ozu
Year Released: 1949
Rating: 3.0

An aging widower comes to the realization that it isn't fair to have his daughter take care of him the rest of his life, so he wisely 'sends her away' from so she can get married and start her own family. Calm and well-observed - which are the two adjectives I'd use to describe almost every single Ozu picture I've seen - it has such methodical pacing you can't help but adjust to the rhythm, which I've always interpreted as a sign of confidence on the director's part. As for the ending, somehow the meticulous peeling of an apple says absolutely everything that could be said about the father's fate, without being overly emotional.