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Winner – Palme d’Or, 2018 Cannes Film Festival!

The latest beautifully heartrending drama from Japanese master Hirokazu Kore-eda (Nobody Knows) follows a poor family committing petty crimes to survive. Following one of their regular, carefully choreographed shoplifting sessions, Osamu and his young son come across a little girl freezing in the cold. They take her to their ramshackle house and feed her.

“Another charming, funny and very affecting example of Kore-eda’s special brand of tough-but-tender humanism.” – Geoff Andrew, Time Out

Though the family is initially reluctant, they take the girl in when they discover the neglect she’s suffered. This unusual family struggles to get by, relying on low-paid menial work and petty crime to survive. Still, in each other and in their simple life they find comfort and happiness. When a shoplifting caper goes wrong, hidden secrets emerge and the mysterious bonds linking the family begin to unravel. A film built on beautifully observed and richly resonant moments, Shoplifters is at once delightful, funny and heartbreaking – a true testament to the unique humanism of director Hirokazu Kore-eda. (Dir. by Hirokazu Kore-eda, 2018, Japan, in Japanese with English subtitles, 121 mins., Not Rated.)   Other Festival: Cannes; Munich; Toronto | Tucson Premiere