(Japan/2018—directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda) 

With his radiant new masterwork Shoplifters, Japan’s great Hirokazu Kore-eda turns his eye on an often invisible segment of modern Japanese society; those struggling to stay afloat in the face of desperate poverty. Kore-eda’s wise and wholly engrossing drama is the story of a Tokyo family of societal castoffs, surviving day-to-day by a routine of petty thefts and occasional grifting.

But when the family reaches beyond its modest means to take in a traumatized young girl whose family appears to have abused her, Shoplifters gently expands into an eloquent, surprising, wholly irresistible revelation of the true meaning of family. Destined to assume its place as a true cinema classic, it will come as no surprise that Shoplifters won the top prize – the Palme d’Or – at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. In Japanese with English subtitles. (121 min.)


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