2019 Academy Award Nominee: Best Foreign Language Film
99% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes
“A marginalised band of thieves living on the poverty-stricken fringes of Japan steals the show in Hirokazu Kore-eda’s masterly drama.” – The Guardian
After one of their shoplifting sessions, Osamu and his son come across a little girl in the freezing cold. At first reluctant to shelter the girl, Osamu’s wife agrees to take care of her after learning of the hardships she faces.
Although the family is poor, barely making enough money to survive through petty crime, they seem to live happily together until an unforeseen incident reveals hidden secrets, testing the bonds that unite them.
"This soft-spoken, cinematic treasure about a family of thieves highlights the quietly devastating artistry of Japanese master Hirokazu Kore-eda. It's impossible to experience the deep-seated compassion of this film and not be moved to tears."
"This wise and insightful film is delicate, poignant and unexpectedly powerful."
"Kore-eda has the sensitive, calibrated touch of a master safecracker, and he's a virtuoso of emotional and narrative buildup."