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Film Review - Shoplifters


Director Hirokazu Kore-eda has often been celebrated as a master of humanist dramas, placing attention on the seemingly minor crises of everyday life, studying how turmoil identifies and reshapes character. He’s the creator of “I Wish,” “Like Father, Like Son,” and “After the Storm,” and he adds another triumph to his sterling filmography with “Shoplifters,” which delivers all the premiere personality Kore-eda is known for, while adding a slight atmosphere of reflection, with the picture also approachable as a summary of the helmer’s creative interests. “Shoplifters” untangles slowly, but Kore-eda doesn’t leave the viewer behind, gently examining questions of family and sacrifice with his observational style. There’s a lot of heartache in this endeavor, but also a vivid understanding of connection between needy souls. Read the rest at


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