This year’s magnificent Cannes Palme d’Or winner from the legendary Hirokazu Kore-eda is a powerful tale of a ragtag, loving family surviving by any means necessary after taking in an abandoned child.
Save for possibly Yasujirō Ozu, no director has so perfectly captured the painstaking subtleties of deeply complex familial relationships as acclaimed filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda (STILL WALKING, NOBODY KNOWS, PFF25’s AFTER THE STORM). After a routine outing to the store for pilfered goods with his son Shota (Kairi Jō), Osamu Shibata (Lily Franky, Like Father, Like Son) discovers the startlingly abused 5-year-old Yuri left shivering outside her home. Osamu and Shota open their arms to the child and bring her home with them, despite worries over having another mouth to feed relying on low-paying jobs and their grandmother’s paltry pension. Jammed into a cramped apartment, the family survives off of their love for one another— and carrying out petty scams.Kore-eda has an unparalleled ability to construct understated dialogue that explodes with emotion, history, and even deception, as he slowly reveals shocking new layers to the Shibata clan. But it is what’s not spoken of that becomes the crux of the mystery behind the auteur’s latest masterpiece that will leave audiences floored until the very end. With this award-winning title, Kore-eda has crafted possibly the greatest achievement of his career, investigating the hopes and despairs of a provisional family unit that must rely on each other to live.
CAST: Lily Franky, Sakura Ando, Mayu Matsuoka, Kilin Kiki
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