Palme d’Or Cannes 2018.
A compact masterpiece about a scruffy family that isn’t what it seems, and love that’s the real thing.
Wall Street Journal
Profoundly moving… a haunting film about abandoned people, and the beautiful things that are lost and found between.
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.
Few filmmakers are as delicate observers of family units – and especially of children – as Kore-eda Hirokazu. The eponymous shoplifters are the Shibatas, a low-income family of five struggling away in a tiny corner of Tokyo. Scrimping and saving, as well as stealing whenever necessary, this overcrowded household one day opens their door to an abused child wandering the neighbourhood. Wary of exposing their own living situation, they ignore the authorities and secretly adopt the little girl – to everyone’s greater happiness, but also peril.
Japan 2018, 120 min, rated M (sexual references)
Directed by Kore-eda Hirokazu
Starring Lily Franky, Ando Sakura, Matsuoka Mayu, Kiki Kilin, Jyo Kairi & Sasaki Miyu