Shoplifters

Times:

  • 5:30 pm and 8:30 pm
  • Friday, December 14, 2018

Where:

  • The Tower Theatre
    815 E Olive Ave.
    Fresno, CA 93728

Synopsis

Filmworks presents the Central California premiere of the Japanese family drama “Shoplifters,” winner of the Palme d’Or award at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival and Japan’s 2019 Oscar selection for Best Foreign Language Film. Master filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda sweetly reimagines what defines a family by examining the effects of poverty. After a shoplifting session, Osamu and his son find a little girl in the freezing cold. At first reluctant to shelter the girl, Osamu’s wife agrees to care for her after learning of her hardships. Although the family is poor, barely making ends meet through petty crime, they live happily together until an unforeseen incident reveals hidden secrets and tests the bonds that unite them. Kore-eda attempts to redefine the concepts of “right” and “wrong” through this touching tale of a family that goes to great lengths to provide for and protect the ones they love. In Japanese, with English subtitles.
Assistive listening services are not available for this film.

Director: Hirokazu Kore-eda
Japan • 121 minutes • Rated R
Distributor: Magnolia Pictures

Reviews

"A tender ensemble piece whose skillful performances dovetail into a perfectly symphonic whole, 'Shoplifters' is a work of such emotional delicacy and formal modesty that you're barely prepared when the full force of what it's doing suddenly knocks you sideways." — Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times
"In a society where children are predominantly raised by wives while husbands slave away at work making money to support the household, Kore-eda questions what makes one a parent: Is it strictly biological, or does one earn the title through love? 'Shoplifters' gives an imperfect answer that offers a glimmer of hope." — Maggie Lee, Variety
"A tender ensemble piece whose skillful performances dovetail into a perfectly symphonic whole, 'Shoplifters' is a work of such emotional delicacy and formal modesty that you're barely prepared when the full force of what it's doing suddenly knocks you sideways." — Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times
"In a society where children are predominantly raised by wives while husbands slave away at work making money to support the household, Kore-eda questions what makes one a parent: Is it strictly biological, or does one earn the title through love? 'Shoplifters' gives an imperfect answer that offers a glimmer of hope." — Maggie Lee, Variety

Every second Friday of the month, Fresno Filmworks screens first-run independent and international movies at the historic Tower Theatre.