Hirokazu Kore-eda's Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or winner is a thrilling, beautiful tale of Toyko's down-and-outs. A masterful ensemble piece about a ‘family’ living on its wits.
A Japanese couple stuck with part-time jobs and hence inadequate incomes avail themselves of the fruits of shoplifting to make ends meet. They are not alone in this behaviour. The younger and the older of the household are in on the act. The unusual routine is about to change from care-free and matter-of-fact to something more dramatic, however, as the couple open their doors to a beleaguered young girl. The reasons for the family's habit and their motivations come under the microscope.
"Shoplifters is compassionate, socially conscious filmmaking with a piercing intelligence that is pure Kore-eda. This is a film that steals in and snatches your heart." - The Telegraph