Winner of the 2018 Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or, Shoplifters—about a Japanese family of small-time crooks—has garnered nearly unanimous rave reviews. After one of their shoplifting sessions, Osamu (Lily Franky) and his son come across a little girl in the freezing cold. At first reluctant, Osamu’s wife agrees to help after learning of the hardships the girl has faced. Although the family makes barely enough money to survive, they stay happily together until an unforeseen incident reveals hidden secrets. The drama has been shortlisted for the 2019 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.
“Before the shoot, I was thinking of this film as kind of a fable. Even if the film was realistic, I wanted to describe the poetry of human beings, and both the cinematography and music came close to my vision. I have always been a fan of Hosono Haruomi’s film scores. In this film, his music captures the fantasy side of the story.” —Hirokazu Kore-eda, director
“A work of such emotional delicacy, you’re barely prepared when it knocks you sideways.” —Los Angeles Times
“A masterpiece.” —Wall Street Journal
“My favorite movie of the year so far.” —filmmaker Ava Duvernay