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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"Maybe the bond is stronger when you choose your family," says someone, and darned if the film doesn't make a good case for that notion.
A compact masterpiece about a scruffy family that isn't what it seems, and love that's the real thing.
Sometimes, the films of the Japanese master Hirokazu Kore-eda remind me of the novels of Paul Auster, deceptively simple prose that builds slowly into a puzzle piece of quietly explosive force.
There's a deep empathy for these characters in Kore-eda's camera that we start to take on ourselves, and the final act is as heartbreaking as anything I've seen in years.
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.
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