Shoplifters | M | Drama | World Film(warning: may contain spoilers)
Kore-eda’s Shoplifters is a delicate portrayal of an unconventional Japanese family bonded through acts of petty thievery. Employing an observational style of filming, Kore-eda masterfully captures the everyday exploits of the Shibata clan over the course of a year. Shoplifters takes its time to establish the relationship between family members: none of these people are actually related by blood. Instead, they have chosen to come together, connected through the shared instinct of self-preservation. Once again, Kore-eda finds himself on familiar ground, as he urges us to reflect on the underlying question: is it better to choose our own family? The most potent scene arrives during the film’s third act, where Ando Nobuyo delivers a powerful and heart-wrenching monologue. Ultimately, Shoplifter’s ability to tackle morally complex issues in a humanist manner, aided by the cast’s effortless performances, will surely leave an indelible mark on audiences.
This film is soft and slow and affecting. The directing and acting is honest and the cinematography transports you to the heart of a story you didn’t know you needed to see. It’s within the small details that the viewer is allowed to experience exactly what is happening within the lives of people who have created their own version of family, outside of cultural and societal norms.
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Can You Ever Forgive Me? | MA15+ | Drama
Lee Israel made her living in the 1970’s and 80’s profiling the likes of Katharine Hepburn, Tallulah Bankhead, Estee Lauder and journalist Dorothy Kilgallen. When Lee is no longer able to get published because she has fallen out of step with current tastes, she turns her art form to deception, abetted by her loyal friend Jack.