Directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda. Japan. 2018. NR. 2 hours 1 minutes. Magnolia Pictures. Digital.
Fri., December 7, 2018 thru Thu., December 13, 2018
After one of their shoplifting sessions, Osamu and his son come across a little girl in the freezing cold. At first reluctant to shelter the girl, Osamu’s wife agrees to take care of her after learning of the hardships she faces. Although the family is poor, barely making enough money to survive through petty crime, they seem to live happily together until an unforeseen incident reveals hidden secrets, testing the bonds that unite them. [Cannes]
“Greatness. A perfect story about being human.” – Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
Shoplifters is “among the very best of the writer-director’s delicate, deceptive, and profoundly moving dramas about the forces that hold a family together (or don’t). . . . Gingerly recovering from an ill-advised foray into genre fare, Kore-eda returns to the well-shaded humanism that has established him as one of the most potent filmmakers of the last twenty-five years, and also—for that matter—to the aching parental anxieties that have often inspired people to think of him as Ozu’s heir.” -David Ehrlich, IndieWire
“Japanese director Koreeda Hirokazu has once against embraced the Ozu-inflected family drama territory for which he is best known. And with Shoplifters, that embrace is as ferocious and beautiful and loving as that of a mother trying to hug away all her child’s fears. His [Palme d’Or]-winning film is a gorgeous thing, a kind of culmination of all of the director’s best qualities, unalloyed by the sentimentality that can sometimes sweeten his mixes too much.” – Jessica Kiang, Sight & Sound
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Palme d’Or – Cannes Film Festival 2018