SHOPLIFTERS by Hirokazu Kore-eda


3.5 out of 5 stars (3.5 / 5 A societal drama, taking the shape of a bittersweet feel-good movie, which has the merit of putting the spotlight on the outcasts of Japanese society.)

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…

The director of NOBODY KNOWS, STILL WALKING, LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON, returns with this bittersweet drama displaying hints of comedy which won the Palme d’Or at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. The film owes its success to the noteworthy performances by Kore-eda’s treasured actor Lily Franky and Sakura Ando – revealed by Sono Sion in the cult classic LOVE EXPOSURE.

(万引き家族, Manbiki kazoku)

A film by Hirokazu Kore-eda
With Lily Franky, Sakura Ando, Mayu Matsuoka
2018 – Japan – Drama – 121 min – 1.85:1 – 5.1 Sound – Audio: Japanese

Screenplay:3 out of 5 stars (3.0 / 5)
Mise en scène:3.5 out of 5 stars (3.5 / 5)
Interpretation:4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)

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