MUN Cinema Series: Shoplifters
Thursday, Feb. 14, 7-9 p.m.
Cineplex Scotiabank Theatre, Avalon Mall
Shoplifters (Japan 2018) 121 min. Directed by Hirokazu Koreeda. With Lily Franky, Sakura Andô, Mayu Matsuoka, Jyo Kairi et al. Japanese with English subtitles. Here is yet another must-see winter series screening, the Cannes Palm D’Or-winning treat for your snow-dried eyes. This is a film about a motley crew who comprise a family. We are in Tokyo and not everyone can afford the high cost of living. What, then, are the boundaries of survival? How can children be fed or cleaned when earnings fail to match need? Acclaimed director Koreeda takes us deep into the domestic realities of a struggling arrangement of people who call themselves a family. Bound by need, desire, and even principle, they operate outside the law on the one hand but yet within the very foundational pillars of society on the other. This is a stunning, compassionate view of the human condition that will direct you to the closest noodle bar to contemplate the universe. One of the best films of 2018.
Presented by MUN Cinema