Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku)
Directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda
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.
This latest from Japanese master Hirokazu Kore-eda (Nobody Knows) begins with the mischief and intrigue of a heist film. But Shoplifters is much more. Winner of the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, this tender, wise, and suspenseful film is an incisive social critique delivered with breathtaking grace.
Japan’s submission for consideration for Best Foreign Film Oscar. 2018, Japan, DCP, in Japanese with English subtitles, 121 minutes. Rated R.