East Side Sushi

East Side Sushi ★★★½

The story here is pretty conventional, but the execution is pleasantly low-key and realistic. Big moments are deployed with skill and the rest is left to simmer effectively. The central relationships are charming to watch and the main character feels organically tenacious and realistic. Some of the acting falters occasionally, but for the most part is wonderful. There's a lot that's valuable in this story, and it's to the film's credit that it tells its story humbly and naturally, never becoming self-satisfied or over-the-top. This might keep it from being as distinctive as possible in the long term, but it's an undeniably natural, charming, and refreshingly low-key film in the moment.

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