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Nobody Knows (Dare mo shiranai) (2004)

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Critic Consensus: Tragic and haunting, a beautifully heart-wrenching portrait of child abandonment.

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Four siblings live happily with their mother in a small apartment in Tokyo. The children all have different fathers and have never been to school. The very existence of three of them has been hidden from the landlord. One day, the mother leaves behind a little money and a note, charging her oldest boy to look after the others. And so begins the children's odyssey, a journey nobody knows. Though engulfed by the cruel fate of abandonment, the four children do their best to survive in their own little world, devising and following their own set of rules. When they are forced to engage with the world outside their cocooned universe, the fragile balance that has sustained them collapses. Their innocent longing for their mother, their wary fascination toward the outside world, their anxiety over their increasingly desperate situation, their inarticulate cries, their kindness to each other, their determination to survive on wits and courage...

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Cast

Hiei Kimura
as Shigeru
You
as Keiko
Kazumi Kushida
as Tadashi Yoshinaga
Yukiko Okamoto
as Eriko Yoshinaga
Sei Hiraizumi
as Mini-Market Manager
Ryo Kase
as Mini-Market Employee
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Critic Reviews for Nobody Knows (Dare mo shiranai)

All Critics (92) | Top Critics (31)

Nobody Knows will chill you, further proof that the ability to procreate does not automatically qualify you to be a parent.

June 17, 2005
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

At its heart, Nobody Knows is a sweet salute to the tenacity and courage of children who are blithely mistreated by adults who should know better and probably do.

Full Review… | March 18, 2005
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic

This gem from Hirokazu Kore-eda unfolds with the graceful simplicity of a real-life episode turned into a minimalist fable.

Full Review… | March 17, 2005
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

Profoundly sad, but it's made with such artistry that it's almost uplifting; you watch it mesmerized, immersed in the strange community the children create.

March 11, 2005
Seattle Times
Top Critic

A genuinely important film.

Full Review… | March 10, 2005
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

Kore-eda has an astonishing talent for making us feel the same emotional aches as the kids.

March 4, 2005
Denver Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Nobody Knows (Dare mo shiranai)

Wow! A story of abandonment. This answers the question of what would happen if four kids were left alone with a bit of pocket money and little else. Disturbing.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

Absolutely essential viewing. Slow, subtle and sublime. Wonderfully shot and written the story unravels at a calm pace building up to a devastating climax. Incredible performances from the youths make this a painfully naturalistic and at the same time heartwarming film about family, friendship and responsibility.

Luke Baldock
Luke Baldock

Super Reviewer

½

Sad.

Bob Stinson
Bob Stinson

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