New Releases

SHOPLIFTERS

Directed by Hirokazu Koreeda

Japan, 2018, 2h 1min, DCP, In Japanese with English Subtitles

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Winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes, the new film from Hirokazu Kore-eda shows us the close bonds that exist within a Japanese family of petty thieves and hustlers who take in a lost child and raise her as their own. This saga of day-to-day triumphs and setbacks may well remind you of the neorealist films of Roberto Rossellini and, like those earlier films, is filled with humane grace-notes of insight about family and 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…

REVIEWS

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

“This wise and insightful film is delicate, poignant and unexpectedly powerful.” – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

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