Shoplifters (staff pick)

"A compassionate and complicated love letter to family." ★★★★★ HeyUGuys "Steals in and snatches your heart." ★★★★★ Telegraph

Showing Times

Wed 12 Dec 20:40
Wed 19 Dec 18:20

Returning home after a shoplifting expedition, Fagin-like father Osamu and son Shota come across a little girl shut out in the freezing cold.  When they show up with her at the ramshackle family bungalow, Osamu's wife reluctantly agrees to shelter her. The extended family is poor, relying on petty crime alongside their part-time jobs and inadequate incomes, but they live happily together- until an unforeseen incident upsets the delicate balance the family has created, triggering shocking revelations.

Shoplifters  won the Palme d'Or prize at Cannes for veteran writer/director Hirokazu Kore-eda, and we think it's the most worthy winner in a long while!  Kore-eda got the idea from a newspaper story, and he used the real incident to explore 'family' while also shining a light on Japan's invisible people and the social problems that aren't acknowledged. It's a complex, nuanced film of mood and moments which culminates in the most extraordinary ending, causing you to go back and re-evaluate all that has come before. 

"A satisfying and devastating gem."  ★★★★★  Peter Bradshaw, Guardian

"Charming, funny and very affecting."  Time Out


Film Information

121 mins

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