Jan. 31: Shoplifters

Thursday, January 31, 2019
7 pm @ Galaxy Cinemas, Sault Ste. Marie, ON

Director: Hirokazu Kore-eda
Japan 2018
Japanese; 121 minutes
Rating: 14a for some sexuality and nudity

Although they both work, Osamu (Lily Franky) and his wife, Nobuyo (Sakura Ando), struggle to support their family and turn to
shoplifting to supplement their income. When Osamu and his son
Shota (Jyo Kairi) meet Yuri (Miyu Sasaki), a young girl who appears to be homeless, they bring her home for dinner. Noticing signs of abuse, they take her in as one of their own. Despite being forced to break society’s rules in their quest for security, the family provides a loving, supportive, and nurturing environment. But will the
connections in this makeshift family hold up to public scrutiny?

Another charming, funny and very affecting example of Kore-eda’s special brand of tough-but-tender humanism. Geoff Andrew, Time Out

A story whose ethical quandaries are presented with equal parts compassion and toughness. Ann Hornaday, Washington Post

A moving meditation on what truly constitutes the meaning of family. Peter Howell, Toronto Star