Sunday December 23, 4:15pm
Master Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-Eda’s latest film is one of his strongest and most heartfelt, after a long successful career creating modern classics. 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.
WINNER: Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or
International Cinephile Society Awards Prix du Jury
Vancouver Film Festival Most Popular International Film
Munich Film Festival Best International Film
“A TENDER ENSEMBLE PIECE WHOSE SKILLFUL PERFORMANCES DOVETAIL INTO A PERFECTLY SYMPHONIC WHOLE, “Shoplifters” is a work of such emotional delicacy and formal modesty that you’re barely prepared when the full force of what it’s doing suddenly knocks you sideways.”- Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times
“AT ONCE CHARMING AND HEART-WRENCHING, this exquisitely performed film will steal the hearts of both art-house and mainstream audiences.”- Maggie Lee, Variety
“This small film is A THOUGHTFUL ADDITION TO HIS PARABLES about happy and unhappy families (Nobody Knows, After the Storm), studded with memorable characters and believable performances that quietly lead the viewer to reflect on societal values.”- Deborah Young, Hollywood Reporter.