Hirokazu Kore-eda’s 2018 Cannes Palme d’Or winner is a heartrending saga about a most unusual “family” — a collection of societal castoffs – grifters united by their struggle for survival.
Living on the margins of Tokyo, this rag-tag group provides a glimpse into a nearly invisible segment of Japanese society. These grifters keep afloat through petty theft. Their bonds are tested when they welcome into their fold a young girl who’s been abused and abandoned by her parents.Taking her in, they risk upending their tenuous, below-the-radar existence by possibly exposing themselves to the authorities. The director’s masterful, richly observed human drama makes the radical case that it is love —not blood— that defines a family.
(Japan / 2018 / Directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda)
R / 121 mins.