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 7.30pm. Film starts at 8pm.