About the film
Director: Hirokazu Kore-Eda
Actors: Sakura Ando, Franky Lily, Mayu MatsuokaWinner of the 2018 Cannes Palme d’Or, Kore-eda Hirokazu’s (After Life, SFF 1999; Nobody Knows) new masterpiece is about a poor Japanese family committing petty crimes to survive.
Following one of their regular, carefully choreographed shoplifting sessions, Osamu and his young son come across a little girl freezing in the cold. They take her to their ramshackle house and feed her. Though the family is initially reluctant, they take the girl in when they discover the neglect she’s suffered. This unusual family struggles to get by, relying on low-paid menial work and petty crime to survive. Still, in each other and in their simple life they find comfort and happiness. When a shoplifting caper goes wrong, hidden secrets emerge and the mysterious bonds linking the family begin to unravel. A film built on beautifully observed and richly resonant moments, Shoplifters is at once delightful, funny and heartbreaking, and the deserving winner of the biggest prize in world cinema.
This marks a return to the socially-conscious mode of Kore-eda’s Nobody Knows, but also continues his ongoing examination of what constitutes a family, and whether it can still provide cohesion in Japan’s rapidly devolving society. At once charming and heart-wrenching, this exquisitely performed film will steal the hearts of both art-house and mainstream audiences. – Maggie Lee, Variety
Japanese with English subtitles