Oscar Nominee! Best Foreign Language Film!
The winner of the palme d’or at the Cannes Film Festival also figures high on U.S. critics’ lists of the best films of the year. “This is a filmmaker dedicated to going his own way and there’s more surprises to come in an ending that enriches the film’s enveloping mystery. The less you know about the shifting plot of SHOPLIFTERS before you see it, the better. In SHOPLIFTERS, which has the makings of empathetic, enduring classic, director Hirokazu Kore-eda examines the nature of what makes a family and how it stands up to poverty, prosecution and government neglect. It’s impossible to experience the deep-seated compassion of this film and not be moved to tears”—Peter Travers, Rolling Stone. 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 reaches in and steals your heart right in front of your eyes, like a magic trick, and you have to admit you didn’t even see it coming”—Simon Houpt, Toronto Globe and Mail. In Japanese with English subtitles. R. 121 Min.