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Shoplifters

  • Starring: Lily Franky, Sakura Andô, Mayu Matsuoka
  • Director: Hirokazu Koreeda
  • Genre(s): Drama, Crime
  • Language: Japanese
  • Rating: NR
  • Running Time: 121 min.

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.

"Tolstoy got it wrong and Shoplifters gets it right. All happy families are not the same. Hirokazu Kore-eda’s enchanting, subversive masterpiece takes on family values and bourgeois pieties through a Japanese crime family that is not what it seems."
- Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"For the bulk of Shoplifters, Kore-eda works in a beautiful register that feels both detailed and genuine at the same time. We get to know these characters so deeply, watching them all at their jobs. "
- Brian Tallerico, RogerEbert.com
"In the past, Kore-eda’s delicacy has at times enervated his movies. Here, though, the family’s toughness, thieving and secrets, its poverty and desperation, work like ballast on his sensibilities. In their grubby imperfections, Kore-eda finds a perfect story about being human. "
- Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
"This wise and insightful film is delicate, poignant and unexpectedly powerful. "
- Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"Master director Hirokazu Kore-eda, whose work won the Palm d’Or at Cannes this year, doesn’t pour on the emotion. He doesn’t need to – his film, even as it enchants, is quietly devastating. "
- David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle
"A tender ensemble piece whose skillful performances dovetail into a perfectly symphonic whole, "Shoplifters" is a work of such emotional delicacy and formal modesty that you're barely prepared when the full force of what it's doing suddenly knocks you sideways. "
- Justin Chang, Los Angeles 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
"Shoplifters is compassionate, socially conscious filmmaking with a piercing intelligence that is pure Kore-eda. This is a film that steals in and snatches your heart. "
- Robbie Collin, The Telegraph
"It’s impossible to experience the deep-seated compassion of this film and not be moved to tears. "
- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

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