Hirokazu Kore-eda (2018)

Lily Franky, Sakura Ando, Maya Matsuoka Rated 15 Run time 121 mins

Winner of the Palm d’Or at Cannes 2018
Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2019 Academy Awards and BAFTAs

Hirokazu Kore-eda, long a favourite of Lewes Film Club, won the prestigious Palme d’Or in 2018 for this film (his 13th!). Like all of Kore-eda’s films, it is characterised by a deftness, a light but incisive touch that looks deep into human and societal relations. You may feel like the narrative of a family taking in a young girl sounds familiar, but then, you will only be surprised. Gleefully questioning society’s moral high grounds, Shoplifters is an unforgettable stay in the life of a rather unique family.

99% – Rotten Tomatoes
8.0/10 – IMDB

“Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Shoplifters is a layered, textured film and a definite must watch. Make time for it.”

“Writer-director Hirokazu Kore-eda fills the film with grace notes, humor and fine observations, circling and filling out each character while leaning more on innocence than corruption.”

Review: Kore-eda’s audacious latest steals the heart – The Guardian

Review: Shoplifters is a brilliant dickensian tale for a modern age – The Atlantic