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Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018)

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Critic Consensus: Understated yet ultimately deeply affecting, Shoplifters adds another powerful chapter to director Hirokazu Koreeda's richly humanistic filmography.

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After one of their shoplifting sessions, Osamu and his son come across a little girl in the freezing cold. At first reluctant to shelter the girl, Osamu's wife agrees to take care of her after learning of the hardships she faces. Although the family is poor, barely making enough money to survive through petty crime, they seem to live happily together until an unforeseen incident reveals hidden secrets, testing the bonds that unite them...

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Kore-eda's gentle drama about a made-up "family" of thieves living on the margins of society is shot through with the director's trademark generosity and attention to behavior.

May 30, 2018 | Full Review…

Another charming, funny and very affecting example of Kore-eda's special brand of tough-but-tender humanism.

May 25, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

What it lacks in newness it makes up in raw humanity.

May 14, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Who better than Kore-eda, a director who whispers instead of shouts, is able to capture contradictions and issues though such a subtle, unforced style of storytelling?

May 14, 2018 | Full Review…

Sex, love, puberty and even death are all handled with a refreshing level of honesty, never letting a life lesson become a big moment, but rather another step in growing up, a true reflection on the way real life works.

August 16, 2018 | Full Review…

Shoplifters is built on an outrageously melodramatic plot, but in Kore-eda's hands, it comes off as natural, touching and genuine.

August 9, 2018 | Full Review…

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