Being Two isn't easy / Watashi wa nisai
a social comedy on first time parenthood told from the baby's
point of view, often heard on voice over, and some colorful animation
represent his dreams.
much lighter than Ozu's I was born, but... (1932), more along
the lines of Ozu's Ohayo/Good Morning (1959) or The Record of
a Tenement Gentleman (1947), this funny nearly-sitcom shows the
questions, mistakes, issues happening in a young couple, their
relation with the mother in law, the neighbors, the doctor, the
other kids, the dogs.
there is an hilarious scene of a bunch of kids crying at the "lost
children" desk of the Tokyo Zoo! they scream and voices over
speak their little cynical thoughts like "i'm crying like
everyone else but i'm not even hurt"
the baby gets in touch with his grand mother and they be friend,
despite his mother's frowning because the grand mother always
criticize the child's bad education.
it's a touching comedy about the japanese society in the 60ies,
with the generation gap between the new adults of the modern city
in Tokyo and the country side grand mothers dressed in the traditional
kimono, with conservative mindset, denial of the new trend of
men helping with the kids and housekeeping... the baby's voice
over says it "poor daddy, they [mother and grandmother] send
u to the outside world to work all day, when you come back home
they make u work harder, and they even blame you for everything
that goes wrong"
the camerawork is quite interesting, comical more than artsy,
using the baby's point of view, visual effects to enhance the
baby's perception, like extreme close up of animals at the zoo
at ground level, making the visit a nightmare for a baby who cannot
get the big picture...
i regret the acting was too archetypal, exagerated, the parents
making funny faces, crying, yelling in a ridicule way to make
us laugh. sometimes they try too hard. but the recollection of
funny situations are delightful. probably a good fun for TV.