A potentially grim story begins when a young woman leaves her newborn baby outside a church, near the box that is there to receive abandoned children. The baby is taken by traffickers who plan to sell him in the illegal adoption market. However, the traffickers are also people with humanity and decency. Like previous work by Kore-eda, this film finds tenderness and camaraderie at the margins of society, and without undue sentimentality.
94 % – Rotten Tomatoes
7.2 / 10 – IMDB
“The latest from writer-director Hirokazu Kore-eda proves once more that he is one of the most humanist filmmakers working today.”
“as we see the flaws of his character (Kang-ho Song) remain in the forefront and some of his more painful past echo into the present, we grow to understand him so deeply that it hurts. Some of the ending scenes he gets are so self-assured yet devastating that you just sit in awe amidst the agony.”