This movie is filled with a society of male privilege and women who feel helpless. It does make me want to sit a couple of these people down and give them a serious talking to. I'd institute strict prohibition against ever again speaking the words, "... but I can't help it." Naruse does a good job of showing the effect these societal assumptions have on individual lives.
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Slant Magazine gives it 3 1/2 out of 4 stars. Rotten Tomatoes has an audience rating of 88%.