SHOPLIFTERS
MANBIKI KAZOKU
2018, Magnolia Pictures, 121 min, Dir: Hirokazu Kore-eda

“Whatever’s in a store doesn’t belong to anyone yet.” That’s the motto of Osamu Shibata (Lily Franky), patriarch of a loving, if larcenous, family living on the margins of Tokyo. When the Shibatas take in a neglected 5-year old, they show her the ropes of shoplifting, but the girl’s arrival brings unforeseen consequences. The Palme d’Or winner at the 2018 Cannes International Film Festival. “This wise and insightful film is delicate, poignant and unexpectedly powerful. More than that, under Kore-eda’s sensitive, casually assured direction, SHOPLIFTERS imperceptibly deepens as it goes on, revealing secrets and lies and expanding its emotional effect on the way to its moving ending.” – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times.