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Winner Palme d'Or 2018
Japanese master Hirokazu Kore-eda (Nobody Knows, After the Storm) is back with what became a big hit in his native Japan after winning the Palme d’Or at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. Patriarch Osamu (Lily Franky) and his young companion Shota (Jyo Kairi) find a young girl hungry and alone in the street and decide to bring her home for a hot meal; when it begins to appear that she is the victim of abuse, Osamu decides that she should stay and join the Shibata family, which also includes wife Nobuyo (Ando Sakura), teenager Aki (Matsuoka Mayu) and “grandma” Hatsue (Kiki Kilin). On the surface, things appear ideal, but the family is very poor and makes it way through life by shoplifting. And all is not what it seems with the Shibata ‘family’… As always with Kore-eda, attention to detail and a sure hand with his actors lead to a film of sensitivity, humour, and, eventually, overwhelming emotion. Exquisite in every way.
‘Typically for Kore-eda, the generally becalmed, affectionate tone builds slowly towards scenes that are finally deeply moving without ever being mawkish. Boasting excellent performances all round (with the writer-director once again demonstrating his expertise with children), Shoplifters is another charming, funny and very affecting example of Kore-eda’s special brand of tough-but-tender humanism.’—Geoff Andrew, Time Out