Shoplifters

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[In Japanese with English subtitles]Strong sex referencesAwarded the Palme dOr at the Cannes Film Festival, the latest offering from Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda concerns a warm and chaotic working-class family who supplement their inadequate income by shoplifting. On one of their expeditions they encounter a 4-year-old girl shivering on a balcony and take her home with them. Burn marks on her arms suggest that she has been abused, and the family welcome her with affection into their midst. But the child has parents of her own, and when the police are called in to investigate her disappearance things begin to unravel.While his pacing of proceedings and the shifts between emotional tones are as deft as the watchful camerawork and cosily cluttered interiors, its the brilliance of Koreedas writing that makes this film so engrossing and, ultimately, shattering, as he slips in small clues that eventually add up to an awful truth..Radio TimesHumorous and heart-rending at the same time Eye for FilmA quietly devastating portrayal of family and theft in contemporary Japan. CineVue

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