The latest from Japanese master Hirokazu Kore-eda begins with the mischief and intrigue of a heist movie, but SHOPLIFTERS becomes much more. 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. Understated yet ultimately deeply affecting, SHOPLIFTERS adds another powerful chapter to director Hirokazu Kore-eda's richly humanistic filmography.
“It is a movie made up of delicate brushstrokes: details, moments, looks and smiles… A rich, satisfying film.” —Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian “SHOPLIFTERS simply sits back, looks you quietly in the eye, and follows up every one of your judgements with ‘Yeah, but why?’ about issues which in many cases, you’ll never have thought to question yourself.” —Andrew Todd, Slash Film “Never preachy or resolute, this is a haunting film about abandoned people, and the beautiful things that are lost and found between them—it’s a film that asks its audience to reflect on where they belong, and on what belongs to them.” —David Erlich, IndieWire
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