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1,880 Ratings


万引き家族 | Manbiki kazoku

Directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda
Japan, 2018
Drama, Crime


After one of their shoplifting sessions, Osamu and his son come across a little girl freezing in the cold. His wife agrees to take care of her after learning of the hardships she faces. Although they are poor, the family seems to be happy together until an unforeseen incident reveals hidden secrets.

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Shoplifters Directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

2018 | Winner: Palme d’Or

Academy Awards

2019 | Nominee: Best Foreign Language Film

Independent Spirit Awards

2019 | Nominee: Best International Film

A sad little melting snowman is meant to encapsulate their solitary disappearances, a banal and sentimental image not up to the film’s story and actors.
February 22, 2019
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The lightness and matter-of-fact clarity of Kore-eda’s directorial touch belie the careful intricacy of the film’s construction and the affective intensity of its political indignation.
January 02, 2019
Shoplifters alternates between tender and sobering observations, and the frequent alternations keep the movie unpredictable. Kore-eda doesn’t just change the emotional register from scene to scene, but within individual scenes; he also manages these shifts so gracefully that they never feel jarring.
December 14, 2018
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