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Shoplifters (15)


Japanese drama in which an impoverished family takes in a young girl they fear is being abused.

The critical consensus

It's a film about love, in the end; and the loving attention to visual detail is of a piece with the steadfast attention to intricacies of character and feeling.

****(*)Hannah McGill, The List, 19/11/2018

It’s a modest, sometimes maudlin family drama about chancers on the margins. What makes it such an enrapturing experience is the tenderness, humour, and detail.

****(*)Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent, 20/11/2018

A rich, satisfying and deeply intelligent film.

*****Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 21/11/2018

t’s deceptively gentle, full of beautifully nuanced performances...and boasting a cumulative emotional power that lingers long after the credits roll.

****(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 22/11/2018

A spirited, lilting delight.

****(*)Beth Webb, Little White Lies, 22/11/2018

You’ll be happy to have your heart stolen by this beautiful and odd family drama.

*****Kevin Ibbotson-Wight, The Wee Review, 25/11/2018

A marginalised band of thieves living on the poverty-stricken fringes of Japan steals the show in Hirokazu Kore-eda’s masterly drama.

****(*)Mark Kermode, The Observer, 25/11/2018

The spirits of the old masters pervade this disquieting but deeply moving drama. But Kore-eda stands alone as the chronicler of family life in a country facing an identity crisis.

****(*)David Parkinson, Empire Online, 28/11/2018

Features about Shoplifters (15)

Hirokazu Koreeda: 'I want to make visible the people the government ignores'.

Sophie Monks Kaufman, Little White Lies, 22/11/2018

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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