Drama | Japanese with English subtitles | 121 minutes
Osamu, his wife Noboyu, and son Shota live with family members in a cramped Tokyo apartment. Not having much money, Osamu and Shota shoplift for provisions and food. One cold night they see a young girl, Yuri, freezing on her apartment balcony. Her family doesn’t seem to care about her. Osamu brings Yuri home, feeding her dinner. But when Osamu observes that Yuri has been beaten, he refuses to return her home. Yuri bonds with her new family and Shota teaches her to be a shoplifter. When Osamu hears the police are looking for Yuri, Noboyu cuts her hair, burns her clothers, and renames her Lin. Family members are aware that the abduction of Yuri is illegal, even amoral, and this begins to take a toll on their well-being.
Lily Franky (Osamu Shibata) / Kairi Jō (Shota Shibata) / Miyu Sasaki (Yuri) / Sakura Ando (Nobuyo Shibata)
Why Stream This Film?
- Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 99%
- Metacriric Score: 93
- Cannes Film Festival: Winner, Palme d’Or
- Academy Awards: Nominated, Best Foreign Language Film
- Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Winner, Best Foreign Language Film
- César Awards: Winner, Best Foreign Film
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Director Kore-eda’s SHOPLIFTERS is a complex, subtle, mysterious film that builds to the most extraordinary surprise ending, a twist worthy of psychological suspense noir.
Director Kore-eda has the sensitive, calibrated touch of a master safecracker, and he’s a virtuoso of emotional and narrative buildup. His nuanced approach and self-effacing visual style give you room to breathe and to think; he doesn’t try to bludgeon you into feeling. He knows the emotions will come.
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