Shoplifters

Winner of the Palme D’Or at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival & 2019 Oscar Nominee for Best Foreign Language Film. 

R, 121 minutes

 

On the margins of Tokyo, a dysfunctional band of outsiders are united by fierce loyalty, a penchant for petty theft and playful grifting. When the young son is arrested, secrets are exposed that upend their tenuous, below-the-radar existence and test their quietly radical belief that it is love—not blood—that defines a family. (2018, Hirokazu Koreeda, Japan, Japanese with English subtitles, 121 min, R, DCP)

“Kore-eda has the sensitive, calibrated touch of a master safecracker, and he’s a virtuoso of emotional and narrative buildup.” — Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

“At once charming and heart-wrenching, this exquisitely performed film will steal the hearts of both art-house and mainstream audiences.” — Maggie Lee, Variety

“A compact masterpiece about a scruffy family that isn’t what it seems, and love that’s the real thing.” — Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

“Who better than Kore-eda, a director who whispers instead of shouts, is able to capture contradictions and issues though such a subtle, unforced style of storytelling?” — Deborah Young, Hollywood Reporter

“Another charming, funny and very affecting example of Kore-eda’s special brand of tough-but-tender humanism.” — Geoff Andrew, Time Out


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