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- Lily Franky
- Sakura Andô
- Kirin Kiki
- Mayu Matsuoka
- Jyo Kairi
- Miyu Sasaki
- Sôsuke Ikematsu
- Yûki Yamada
- Moemi Katayama
- Daisuke Kuroda
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- Official submission of Japan for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 91st Academy Awards in 2019.
- Hatsue Shibata: I was sure she'd want to go home.
- Hatsue Shibata: I chose you, too.
- Nobuyo Shibata: Do you think she... chose us?
- Hatsue Shibata: Usually you can't choose your own parents.
- Nobuyo Shibata: But then, maybe it's stronger when you choose them yourself.
- Hatsue Shibata: What is?
- Nobuyo Shibata: What is...
- Nobuyo Shibata: The bond. The bond.
Atom User Reviews
The film never really takes off, characters never truly get confronted with any form of major conflict, and I’m only left wondering how it won the Palme d’Or at Cannes.
Finally I don’t have to print out the ticket or go to a machine at the theater
For all its gentle groundedness, a quality that suffuses much of Kore-eda’s work, Shoplifters strenuously resists romanticizing its main characters. Its compassion is more convincing for it. So is its brilliance.
Some of the credit must go to the stellar casting and performances. It’s difficult to single out one of the six actors in this alternative family unit as it’s a true ensemble display. But Kore-eda’s deft command of tone is a key factor too.
This small film is a thoughtful addition to his parables about happy and unhappy families (Nobody Knows, After the Storm), studded with memorable characters and believable performances that quietly lead the viewer to reflect on societal values.