Thu 01 Jan 1970 - Thu 01 Jan 1970
£7* | £5* students/under 25s | 3 films for £18*
Dir. Hirokazu Kore-eda
121 mins | 2018 | Japan
Japanese with English subtitles
Hirokazu Kore-Eda (Like Father Like Son) continues his exploration of human existence under the roof of the Shibatas, a dysfunctional household who are partners in crime. His latest drama follows a family who rely on shoplifting to cope with a life of poverty.
After one of their shoplifting sessions, Osamu and his son come across a little girl in the freezing cold. At first reluctant to shelter the girl, Osamus wife agrees to take care of her after learning of the hardships she faces. Although the family is poor, barely making enough money to survive through petty crime, they seem to live happily together until an unforeseen incident reveals hidden secrets, testing the bonds that unite them.
Shoplifters charms while avoiding overt sentimentality and is full of the Kore-edas trademark subtlety and nuanced moral inquiry. Understated, yet deeply affecting, Shoplifters was selected as the Japanese entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 91st Academy Awards.
***** ‘A compassionate & complicated love letter to family’
‘A masterful ensemble piece’
***** ‘Steals in & snatches your heart’
**** ‘Charming, funny & very affecting’
Enjoy breakfast in our Café Bar before the screening on Tue 11 Dec.
£9.50: Film + cup of tea + something from our breakfast menu.