THE offering from Southampton University’s The Phoenix on Wednesday is Japanese hit Tokyo Sonata.

Sacked without warning, Ryuhei chooses to conceal his unemployment from his family.

Dividing his days between the employment agency and food hand-outs in the park, he picks up tips from his friend on how best to keep up appearances – even as both their family problems mount.

A timely and apposite but not a grim film with its nuances and allegory offering an enticing prospect of harmony and renewal at the end.