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Sensitively written, smartly directed, and powerfully performed, Like Father, Like Son uses familiar-seeming elements to tell a thought-provoking story.
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There are times when the script seems just too schematic - as if Kore-eda has decided that we should all sit still while he lays out the nature versus nurture debate. Then the small truths which enrich each scene take over.
The film's climax, built around the layout of a particular Tokyo location, resolves this motif in a simple, elegant and wholly satisfying way.
If you've seen any of Koreeda's previous films, and especially the wrenching children-alone saga Nobody Knows, it won't surprise you to learn that the observation of children in Like Father, Like Son is unfailingly acute ...
Koreeda's film never feels gimmicky; he uses the situation to examine both nature and nurture while dealing with ties that simply can't be broken. "Like Father, Like Son" ponders the meaning of family.
Writer and director Hirokazu Koreeda does not pretend that there are easy answers in his film, which at times plays almost like a fable. But the emotions and heartbreak are always grounded in reality.
If you've seen Hirokazu Koreeda's films - Nobody Knows, Still Life, I Wish - then just the announcement that a new one, Like Father, Like Son, has arrived is all you need to know.
Along with an authentically great performance from child actor Keita Ninomiya, this film is packaged to perfection.
Like Father has some of the striking Koreeda trademarks: the extraordinary acting from the children.
... injects real humanity into a familiar scenario.
Like Father, Like Son explores the meaning of parenthood in a most unique way, taking a deeply thoughtful approach to a hypothetical and following its unknown paths in an organic manner.
Always gentle, always composed, the films of Hirokazu Kore-eda also register quiet devastation, often within the family. The stirring -- the earthquake, even -- usually happens beneath the surface of calm.
[Hirokazu Kore-eda] uses an attractive and talented cast to find a fresh take on a subject that has been mined by television movies and series ad infinitum.
The ending is left to the viewers interpretation, which is the only disappointing part of this movie.
The subject matter didn't especially appeal to me, and I often find this type of movie cloying, but I was pleasantly surprised by and really enjoyed this.
Koreeda brings a great deal of his usual delicacy and sensibility to a story that doesn't offer easy answers, even if - given the complex nature of the subject in itself - it feels like it doesn't go as deep as it could into its themes and remains a bit more redundant than insightful.
A delicate and introspective drawing of parenthood. Its gentle pace immerses us in the quotidian and thorny duty of raising children, and despite the misfortune that sets the path of the two families to cross, it leaves an incredibly tender and hopeful resolution.
A Japanese couple discovers that the boy they have been raising as their son was actually switched at birth with a child from a poorer family. Well-made and acted, but fairly obvious, family drama.
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