Tomorrow’s Dinner Table (明日の食卓), dir. Takahisa Zeze, Japan 2021, 124 min., Japanese with English subtitles
Rumiko (Miho Kanno) is a freelance writer married to a cameraman with two young sons; Kana (Mitsuki Takahata) is a divorcee juggling several part-time jobs as a single mum; and Asumi (Machiko Ono) is a housewife, affluent but unfulfilled. The three women are totally unrelated to one another, and each lives her own life, apart from having one thing in common: all three of their respective sons share the same name – Yu Ishibashi. As the vignettes of their individual stories become clear, each woman’s different struggles with her own son and feelings of anger and anxiety soon threaten to bubble over.
In this uniquely conceptualised contemporary family drama, the socially conscious director Takahisa Zeze (My Friend, ‘A’), sensitively explores current issues and problems that mothers must contend with in Japanese society.
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