Like Father, Like Son

Synopsis & Film Details

Winner of the Jury Prize at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, the Japanese family drama “Like Father, Like Son” delicately tells the story of Ryota, a hard-working perfectionist who begins to question his role as a father after learning life-changing news. Out of the blue, Ryota and his wife, Midori, receive a phone call from the hospital where their child was born. They discover that the hospital mistakenly gave them the wrong baby and that their 6-year-old son is, in fact, not their son. With this revelation, Ryota feels forced to make a decision and to choose between the son he has raised for the past six years and the son who has been raised by another family—but is biologically his. The Los Angeles Times says that master director Hirokazu Kore-eda powers the film with “innate restraint and natural empathy,” as all parties involved face the ever-prominent question of nature vs. nurture. In Japanese, with English subtitles.

Director: Hirokazu Kore-eda
Japan (2013) • 120 minutes • Not rated

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At the conclusion of “Like Father, Like Son,” join the Filmworks board in welcoming visiting filmmakers and the public to the festival. Admission to the champagne reception is included with a festival pass or with admission to the opening night film.