Friday, April 19, 7:30 pm
LCCC Film Society presents
2018 (R) 121 min. Japan/subtitles
Director: Hirokazu Kore-eda
Cast: Lily Franky, Sakura Ando, Mayu Matsuoka
A DISCUSSION SESSION WILL FOLLOW THE FILM.
Director Kore-eda’s Cannes Palme d’Or winner for best film is a heartrending glimpse into an often invisible segment of Japanese society: those struggling to stay afloat in the face of crushing poverty. On the margins of Tokyo, a most unusual “family,” a collection of societal castoffs united by their shared outsiderhood and fierce loyalty to one another, survives by petty stealing and grifting. When they welcome into their fold a young girl who’s been abused by her parents, they risk exposing themselves to the authorities and upending their tenuous, below-the-radar existence. The director’s latest masterful, richly observed human drama makes the quietly radical case that it is love, not blood, that defines a family. The film is destined to become an instant modern classic of heartwarming social realism.
“At once charming and heart-wrenching, this exquisitely performed film will steal the hearts of both art-house and mainstream audiences.” – Maggie Lee, VARIETY
“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
“The director though, reaches in and steals your heart right in front of your eyes, like a magic trick, and you have to admit you didn’t even see it coming.” – Simon Houpt, THE GLOBE AND MAIL (Toronto)
“’Maybe the bond is stronger when you choose your family’, says someone, and darned if the film doesn’t make a good case for that notion.” – Bob Mondello, NPR
“A compact masterpiece about a scruffy family that isn’t what it seems, and love that’s the real thing.” – Joe Morgenstern, WALL STREET JOURNAL
“The work of a master in full command of his art.” – Justin Chang, THE LOS ANGELES TIMES
“This is the year’s most compassionate movie.” – Joshua Rothkopf, TIME OUT NEW YORK
“SUPERB.” – Manohla Dargis, NEW YORK TIMES
“A masterpiece.” –- Joe Morgenstern, WALL STREET JOURNAL