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Sweet Bean (2015) - IMDb

Welcome to our Friday Night Film Discussions! Today, we’ll be discussing Sweet Bean which was nominated for an UnCertain Regard Award at the Cannes Film Festival and was an Official Selection at the Toronto Film Festival.

The way it works:

PRIOR to the meeting (whenever works for your schedule), watch Sweet Bean on Kanopy—one of the library’s video streaming service—and then come to the meeting prepared to discuss!

You will need an Ashland library card or a Boston Public Library e-card to use Kanopy. Click here to access Kanopy or for more info on the BPL e-card. (See if you are eligible and then register—you can use any of BPL’s online resources with this card!)

Please register to receive the program link—which will be in your confirmation and reminder emails (check your spam folder for them). Contact ashlandprograms@minlib.net with any questions.


The manager of a pancake stall finds himself confronted with an odd but sympathetic elderly woman looking for work. A taste of her homemade bean jelly convinces him to hire her, which starts a relationship that is about much more than just street food.

“Its sentimentality is tempered by the elegant restraint of the fine lead performances.” – Sheri Linden, The Los Angeles Times

“Warm and unusually crowd-pleasing.” – The Village Voice

Running Time
115 mins


Naomi Kawase

Kirin Kiki, Kyara Uchida, Masatoshi Nagase


This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Ashland Public Library.

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