Like Father, Like Son (2014)
Critic Consensus: 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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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.
A moving drama about parenthood from Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda.
A deeply affecting Japanese family tale from Hirokazu Kore-eda, renowned for his films about parents, children, blood bonds and loss.
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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.
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