02.21.19 | Shoplifters

Winner of the Palm d’Or at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, Shoplifters is the new, hauntingly beautiful film by Hirokazu Kore-eda. It is Japan’s Foreign Language entry In the Academy Awards.

This remarkably observed film about a poor family and the simple magic they share is very similar to Roma, stylistically, and (in my humble opinion) equal to that film’s artistry. This is a work of great emotional delicacy by a master filmmaker in full command of his art. 

Synopsis: On the margins of Tokyo, a dysfunctional band of outsiders are united by fierce loyalty, a penchant for petty theft and playful grifting. When the young son is arrested, secrets are exposed that upend their tenuous, below-the-radar existence and test their quietly radical belief that it is love—not blood—that defines a family.

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