Ryan Saylor’s review published on Letterboxd:
This is the first Ozu I've REALLY connected with and it actually helps me to understand what he did later on Tokyo Story. I'll have to rewatch that one.
This is one of the most miserably dissatisfied films I've seen. Noriko is smiling through pain nearly the entire movie. She laughs so she doesn't cry. The film has no pay off. Never builds. It only sits in its contemplative suffering until it eventually succumbs to it.
No other thoughts for now. What a beautifully tragic work.