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Shoplifters

Rated Parental Guidance

(Nudity, Sexual Content) 121 minutes

Dir: Hirokazu Koreeda, Japan
Lily Franky, Ando Sakura, Matsuoka Mayu, Kiki Kilin

In Japanese with English subtitles

Palme d’Or winner, Cannes Festival

“I loved this Japanese family drama from prolific writer-director Hirokazo Kore-eda. It's deceptively simple, sweet, often funny, thought-provoking, moving but never mawkish, and really accessible. Don't let the subtitles or the fact critics like it put you off. Osamu and his wife Nobuyo live with Granny, tweenage son Shota, and Nobuyo's sister in a ramshackle over-crowded apartment. On their way back from a shoplifting foray, Osamu and Shota see a small girl locked out in the cold. They've clearly seen her before and decide to bring her back with them... They feed the little girl who turns out to be five and called Juri. She also turns out to be covered in scars and in no hurry to go home, so they keep for her for the night, and then a little longer. It's not kidnapping if you don't ask for a ransom... Juri becomes part of a family we learn to know, character by appealing character, their unorthodox story told with a detail-speckled patience that builds quietly until it shifts gear into drama. What does family mean? What does love mean? And what's the deal with poverty? Shoplifters looks at it all.” - Aine O'Connor, The Independant (Ireland)