Japan 2018, 121 mins. Dir. Hirokazu Kore-eda.
Starring Sakura Ando and Lily Franky
In 2019 the Film Society showed Kore-eda’s ‘Our Little Sister’, and in 2016 his ‘Like Father, Like Son’.
Arguably Kore-eda’s finest film, Shoplifters is a profoundly moving drama about a poverty-stricken group of individuals who cohabit ostensibly as a family and who petty-thieve to make ends meet. One cold winter’s night they come across a shivering little girl foraging for scraps and decide to take her in for just a few days. After noticing signs of abuse, however, they resolve to keep her and they all live happily, if scrappily, together until an unforeseen incident reveals the long-buried secrets which test the bonds that unite them. The film provides an affecting, bittersweet view of a side of modern Japan which is rarely seen on our screens.
Advance bookings only. Doors open at 7.45pm. Film starts at 8pm.
Please book by 1pm on the day of the film.