- Ends ThursdayDir. Hirokazu Kore-Eda, Japan, 2014, 120 min., NR, DCPOfficial Website
Acclaimed Japanese auteur Hirokazu Kore-Eda took home the Jury Prize at Cannes for this poignant film that explores the age-old debate of nature versus nurture. LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON tells the heart-wrenching story of two sets of parents whose worlds are turned upside down when they learn that their six-year-old sons were switched at birth. Like the work of a seasoned symphony conductor, Kore-Eda's direction is at once gentle and powerful, favoring small, tender moments over a single dramatic incident. Although framed in a Japanese cultural context, the questions Kore-Eda poses around parenthood and lifestyle choices are universal. LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON reminds us that any definition of family needs to be constructed around unconditional love, first and foremost. (Synopsis excerpted from Toronto International Film Festival.)
“Kore-eda has crafted a piercing, tender poem about the bittersweet ebb and flow of paternal love, and his status as Ozu's heir becomes ever more assured. “ —Robbie Collin, The Telegraph
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